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    Crossbow nut on Ebay

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    Crossbow nut on Ebay

    Post by mac on Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:50 am

    I saw this on Ebay and thought I would bring it your attention.



    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p4712.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XExtremely+rare+medieval+bone+crossbow+mechanism&_nkw=Extremely+rare+medieval+bone+crossbow+mechanism&_sacat=0&_from=R40

     I have no reason to think it is not real, but it is to expensive for me.  I will not be bidding.

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    Re: Crossbow nut on Ebay

    Post by Geezer on Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:22 pm

    Yup, looks legit allright, but too rich for my blood.  Geezer.
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    Re: Crossbow nut on Ebay

    Post by Hotspur on Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:32 pm

    Do you guys think the listing is correct as 'Cow Bone' (probably bull if anything) and not an antler pedical?   Is there a part of a bull that can be cut into a nut?

    Its interesting to imagine what stories this nut might have.  What happened to the rest of the bow, was it swapped out at some point (?)...interesting stuff... thanks for posting...
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    Re: Crossbow nut on Ebay

    Post by Geezer on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:01 am

    Normally I use stem of moose or axis-stag antlers, but I have seen it suggested that the knuckle-end of a major bovine femur should be pretty much hard throughout and big enough.
        I have seen isolated nuts in collections... some of them obviously used, so indeed it looks like they're pieces that get re-worked and installed in bows that have lost their original nuts.  In fact, I occasionally do just that, or even give away worn horn-nuts to do-it-yourselfers if I don't think I can get the piece back up to like-new status, but there's still life left in the part.
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    Re: Crossbow nut on Ebay

    Post by Geezer on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:03 am

    I've also seen other bone/horn parts, like grooved table-inlay or decorative bits that get removed from worn-out bows and installed in others.  The most extreme example of that is probably 17th-18th century gents bows that had silver-inlaid panels that were later removed, presumably for the value of the metal, and replaced with wooden inlays, or simly left vacant.  Too bad, that.  Geezer

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