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Old 27th November 2021, 04:53 PM   #1
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Smile Crossbows review please

Hi everyone,

I have pictutres of two crossbows here. I will appreciate information on their origin, age, maker if possible, whether used for hunting or military and most importantly their authenticity and value. Thank you and stay well.
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Old 27th November 2021, 10:38 PM   #2
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vantique,

Thanks for posting your interesting crossbow.

Please note, we do not permit discussion of value.

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Old 28th November 2021, 11:00 AM   #3
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Nice crossbows you show us, antique. Military ?
Perhaps if we move this thread to the European forum we will have more interested members to comment on them.
And remember, we don't discuss prices here.
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Old 28th November 2021, 11:31 AM   #4
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After "Sir Ralph Payne-Gallway, The Crossbow", I think this is a sixteenth century sporting crossbow.
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Old 28th November 2021, 07:47 PM   #5
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Interesting that the claws section of the winder (cranequin) in the first crossbow are an 'articulated' piece. This is not seen in other crossbows out there.
Also its stock wood looks 'too impecable' ... but i don't know .
As for maker, you should have a thorough search everywhere, looking for tiny marks, including on the cranequin; letters, shields, symbols.


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Old 28th November 2021, 08:50 PM   #6
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I'm far from an expert on these, but from the ones I've glanced over in auction catalogues and looking at the replica's Todd Cuttler builds... These aren't giving me a warm feeling.

For starters, the craneguin looks fixed to the stock and too small compared to period ones. The proportions of the stock are peculiar and both of them look "unfinished" as opposed to aged.
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Old 29th November 2021, 01:24 AM   #7
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Another quick test is to undo one of the screws holding the various parts to the stock, a modern machine cut thread is a real giveaway.

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Old 29th November 2021, 03:41 AM   #8
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nk you so much guys! 👍
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Old 29th November 2021, 11:42 AM   #9
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Guys, don't you find the second one looking more like a genuine piece ?
vantique, could you show us pictures of it in different positions ?
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Old 29th November 2021, 04:30 PM   #10
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It is quite possible they may be remounted or restocked old bows and components. I wouldn't write them off in their entirety.
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