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    Wallace Collection

    Post by backgardenbowyer on Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:58 am

    I had a trip to the Wallace Collection in London earlier this week - they have an excellent display of arms and armour, but guess what most of the armoury is shut for refurbishment grrrrrr. Only one of their crossbows was on display but it is a beauty. I got some pics in very poor light (no flash allowed) so sorry for the quality. I just love the guy playing the bagpipes carved just above the opening for the tiller. The bow is listed as S. German late C15th. So I've also posted a picture of a very famous German armour for man and horse in the same collection - from a similar date.

    I'm not clever enough to post pics here directly so follwo the link to my flickr site and enjoy.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/surreysnapper/sets/72157632666013942/
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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by Geezer on Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:21 am

    Wallace collection has some very nice pieces. It sounds like the bow you saw is the prize of their collection, the Fels-Colonna bow, generally described as S. German or Tyrolean. It's a hefty bow, with a leather-covered steel prod. The stock is decorated from end to end with bone plaques, carved in bas-relief. I believe member Tod from Toddstuff, has built a replica of the F-C bow. Very handsome, and of course he's done a beautiful job. The pics should be around here somewhere....
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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by backgardenbowyer on Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:25 am

    That's the one Geezer! I have seen the others but it is a few years ago.
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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by ferdinand on Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:12 pm

    Incredible! The beauty of it strikes me. If only we had the skill to make this by hand.... Wouldnt that be just great! I wonder, is it a tickler or a multiple axle lock and trigger guard? Thanks for this inspiration!
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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by mac on Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:51 pm

    Ferdi,

    I only see one axle. Good thing the tickler is long!

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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by ferdinand on Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:01 am

    mac wrote:Ferdi,

    I only see one axle. Good thing the tickler is long!

    Mac

    Hey Mac!

    I just wonder, why the large cutout behind the tickler?
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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by Geezer on Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:52 am

    Do you mean the metallic dimple atop the tiller, and behind the tickler? You see similar dimples... sometimes engraved like a scallop-shell (which is an ancient Christian pilgrim's badge) in a similar position. It appears to be an anchor-point for sighting. Your right thumb goes there, then you put your cheek against the thumb... so you always sight from the same place. At least that's my theory. Geezer.
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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by mac on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:16 am

    ferdinand wrote:

    I just wonder, why the large cutout behind the tickler?

    I think you are looking at the space where the tickler-return-spring is located.

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    Re: Wallace Collection

    Post by ferdinand on Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:11 pm

    Geezer wrote:Do you mean the metallic dimple atop the tiller, and behind the tickler? You see similar dimples... sometimes engraved like a scallop-shell (which is an ancient Christian pilgrim's badge) in a similar position. It appears to be an anchor-point for sighting. Your right thumb goes there, then you put your cheek against the thumb... so you always sight from the same place. At least that's my theory. Geezer.
    Hey Geezer!

    Thanks for the explanation but what i meant whas on the underside! Sorry for not mentioning that before!
    But i must say that ur info does give me an idea for a basic sight.
    Althoug it seams that on the original bow mine whas based on there whas a sight mounted in the metal plate.
    Cant say for sure but it looks like there is another hole besides the resetting hole.
    Anywax, Mac, thanks for the info. That does make sence.

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