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Old 12th November 2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default Late Gothic Crossbows and Accouterments

The first two from Peter Finer's site.

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Default A highly unusual late Gothic windlass (the rolls missing), ca. 1520

The first text is from Christie's sales catalog of 27 April 1988 when this item was first sold by auction.
The second text and color images are from an Italian auction house where it failed to sell for the astronomic estimate they had put on it some weeks ago. Btw., their dating "late 15th century" is too early; the style of the engravings is not datable before ca. 1520.

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Default Two huge wall crossbows, mid 15th century

The first, about 170 cm high, together with a movable protective wall (that was most probably used by a harquebusier, though) , in the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, the seond in the Bavarian Army Museum Ingolstadt and of somehat smaller dimensions.
The quiver, too, is of unusual size.

Telling from the long, slender iron socket and the tiny arrow tip, the topmost of the two Ingolstadt crossbow bolts was originally an incendiary arrow, the incendiary mass now missing.

The painted protective wall is also in the Bavarian Army Museum Ingolstadt.

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The other quiver in the Bayerisches Armeemuseum Ingolstadt. Its style of decoration refllects the Eastern European taste.

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Default A fine late 15th century Gothic crossbow

At the Kelvingrove Museum Glasgow.

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Default Late Gothic crossbows at the Army Museum Bukarest/Romania

Note the painted composite bow.

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