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    Wooden Crossbows - Seeking Info

    Post by toyotally on Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:54 pm

    Greetings  New member seeking info on these two (2) Wooden Crossbows.  Estate Find.  Hard Heavy Wood.  No Metal Parts.  Designs carved into the Stocks.  The Wingspan on both is approx. 63".  String made of vine, possibly indicating that they originated in a tropical climate.  Seeking information including age, origin, value especially, etc.  Pics attached.








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    Re: Wooden Crossbows - Seeking Info

    Post by Geezer on Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:12 pm

    Can't see the pics, but lots of all wood primitive crossbows with natural fiber strings have come out of SE Asia.  I've got a couple of Vietnamese crossbows in my shop.  String draws back into a notch, a small ivory or wood lever cams it out of the notch to shoot. Bamboo bolts, fletched with something like banana leaf.
    That's where you should look anyhow.  Geezer.

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    Post by toyotally on Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:04 pm

    Can't figure out how to Post Pics.  Instructions Please.

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    Re: Wooden Crossbows - Seeking Info

    Post by toyotally on Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:30 pm

    You're probably correct regarding Southeast Asia.  I found something called a Montagnard that is similar.  Haven't figured out how to post photographs.
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    Re: Wooden Crossbows - Seeking Info

    Post by Geezer on Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:04 pm

    Montagnard:  Hill-people in Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos.  They're different from the lowland Vientamese/Chinese.  Lots of their bows ended up in the US as soldier souvenirs.
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    Re: Wooden Crossbows - Seeking Info

    Post by Gnome on Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:21 pm

    toyotally wrote:Can't figure out how to Post Pics.  Instructions Please.
    You'll need to upload your pics to an image hosting site like Photobucket or some such, copy the URL, then share it using the "insert image" button on the task bar. That's the best way I know, anyhow.
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    Re: Wooden Crossbows - Seeking Info

    Post by kenh on Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:53 pm

    Yep -- those are Montagnard bows, although I can't place which of the many tribes made those bows.  The lower one is obviously mimicking the shoulder stock of a European rifle; the other is much more traditional.  Not a toy -- I've seen them drive a fire-hardened split bamboo bolt most of the way through a quarter sheet of 1/2" plywood.

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