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    Need help to identify antique crossbow

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    Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by Silvia on Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:01 pm

    Hello everyone!
    I found this really old crossbow and I need help from some experts to identify it and give me an idea id it's salvageable or not. Any reply is appreciated!


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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by Geezer on Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:56 am

    OK Silvia: post those pics and I'll take a look.  Geezer.

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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by Silvia on Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:20 pm

    well, I'd love to but I cannot post links since I'm new to the forum and I cannot figure out another way Sad

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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by Andy. on Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:39 am

    Going to say it's a Northern Vietnam bow.

    Copies, and perhaps this example, are common tourist souvenirs and are plentiful

    I have two similar units with the same arrows and quiver.
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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by kenh on Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:20 pm

    Can't tell you which specific tribe, but it's a bow made in the highlands around the border of Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.  Brought one back myself in 1969, made by the beautiful people of the Bahnar tribe in the Central Highlands of 'Nam.
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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by Onager Lovac on Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:14 pm

    At first i thought Tailand, but Kenhs explanation seems more likely, its definitely not Chinese, Japanese or European.

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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by Silvia on Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:45 am

    Wow Thanks guys this is super interesting. So maybe I have an original in my hands! ShockedShockedShockedShockedShockedShockedShockedShockedShocked
    Although I am a fan of old things this one is going up for sale.. if anyone is interested I'd be glad to give it to someone who appreciate it like you do!
    I know that it has some history because it belonged to someone who travelled a lot with the military so I give it at least 50 years of age.

    Again thanks guys!
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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by kenh on Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:47 am

    Yeah... 40-50 years would be about right.  I was in-country in 1969-70 -- 45 years ago.  Check Ebay, you see these offered there(under Wood Crossbow usually) fairly frequently, and that will give you some idea of a reasonable price.  They're not worth $ hundreds, I can tell you that.

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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by c sitas on Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:22 am

    Silvia, go on Ebay  now . There is one listed. I went ,Ebay --used crossbows.I have also found a couple of articles on how they are made.About all you need is a jackknife. Called a Montagnard.
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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by kenh on Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:30 am

    "Montagnard"  is a French term meaning "mountain dweller" which was applied to the Degar peoples of the Central Highlands.  There are about a dozen tribes of Montagnards, each of which makes a slightly different crossbow.

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    Re: Need help to identify antique crossbow

    Post by c sitas on Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:50 am

    Kenh , I also learned that they made different sizes . It depended on what they wanted to kill. Bigger animal  took bigger bow. I was impressed with how they used everything.A bow string was made out of a thin slice of bamboo.And they carved the whole thing

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