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    I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Mon May 28, 2012 8:47 am

    I am pleased to have been the top bidder on this "medieval iron stirrup"

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=%09+MEDIEVAL+IRON+STIRRUP+%28160807112999%29&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_okw=&_oexkw=&_adv=1&LH_Complete=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=200&_fpos=&_fsct=&LH_SALE_CURRENCY=0&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=200

    I don't know if it is authentic, but the fact that the vender did not know what it really was is encouraging, and the form is certainly good. In any case, I bid an amount that I would be willing to pay "if I knew for sure that it was made last Tuesday".

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    I'll post pics when it arrives.

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Armbrustier on Mon May 28, 2012 9:38 am

    Nice one Mac!
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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Mon May 28, 2012 10:38 am

    I was just looking through one of my usual searches and saw it. At first I tried imagine how it could be a horse stirrup like the description... Then all of the sudden I understood what I was looking at! I think that if the seller had known that it was a crossbow stirrup and described it that way, he would have gotten more for it (from someone else).

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by stoneagebowyer on Mon May 28, 2012 3:42 pm

    Lucky you came across this stirrup. Very nice.

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Armbrustier on Tue May 29, 2012 9:30 am

    From what I see it looks correct. I would say that it probably dates from the mid 1500th century, and possibly not from a cranequin spanned crossbow as the foot part of the stirrup is very wide.

    Can we please have some more photos and some measurements later we you have seen it up close?
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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Tue May 29, 2012 2:50 pm

    Thanks, guys!

    I will post pics and dimensions as soon as I get it in my hot little hands. The vendor says to expect two weeks. I hope he mails it sooner, rather than later.

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Ivo on Tue May 29, 2012 4:37 pm

    but the fact that the vender did not know what it really was is encouraging

    That bit really made me smile. Smile But it would be interesting to know where it was found, wouldn't it? Wink drunken

    Interesting find indeed, Somehow I'm very unlucky....every time I look on e-bay I can't find a damn thing. Guess gotta keep a sharper eye....I got a nice little glass top stand in the works for just these kinds of pieces of history (only things missing are the bits of history). Smile

    Thanks for sharing, Mac.

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by ferdinand on Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:59 am

    Hee Mac!

    U are one lucky guy!
    Seeing the picture it immedietly reminded me of a stirrup i have seen before!
    U urself asked me for pictures of the bindings on inv.nr 11464 of the royal Dutch army museum....
    And if u look closely i can only congratulate u with an authentic German early medieval (1450-1500) stirrup!!!

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Henry on Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:09 am

    I think is Genuine! youre lucky Mac!

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by chaz on Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:40 am

    Congrats Mac !

    Knowledge is everything ! Pretty cool !

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:09 am

    Thanks, guys!

    The vendor says he put it in the mail yesterday. It is coming from Slovakia. I hope it goes smoothly.

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Basilisk120 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:02 am

    Wow that looks really cool.
    Hopefully no holdups at customs or anything



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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:09 am

    My stirrup arrived today. It looks like the "real deal". I'm pretty pleased.

    Pics by tomorrow.

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Armbrustier on Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:20 am

    Cool Mac!
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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:01 am

    Here are a couple of the pics I just took.








    The rest can be seen by following the link to the album.
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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Todd the archer on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:52 am

    Look very interesting, not to sound stupid but is there a difference between a crossbow stirrup and one that on horse saddles, beside how they are used? If there is what are the differences.



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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:10 pm

    Todd,

    The primary difference is at the top. An equestrian stirrup has a transverse bar for the stirrup leather to pass over. Although this bar is frequently concealed from view a sort of "box" it is always there. The crossbow stirrup has a broad "platform" to sit against the prod. The other characteristic thing abut the crossbow stirrup is the central stiffening rib on the bottom of the tread.

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Lightly on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:47 pm

    Mac, VERY nice! And great find, I am sure you are right, in that if the seller knew it was a crossbow stirrup, it would have been more...


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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by ferdinand on Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:22 am

    I really think u should put it on a crossbow! U could make a replica of the bow u asked me about! wasnt is inv.nr.11464? Wouldnt have to be a firing one, could be only to display it behind glass.
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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by mac on Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:22 am

    The seller got back to me this morning with some information about the stirrup. He says it came from excavations around a small fortification in Slovakia. [color:7fa1=#000]http://www.zamky.sk/hrady-a-zamky/breznica-hrad

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    Re: I found this on Ebay

    Post by Armbrustier on Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:16 pm

    Very nice Mac to have some history behind your catch! I envy you!!!

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