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    Post by julianpam on Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:35 am

    Hi Guys 

    My family has had a very beautiful crossbow in its possession for many years. it was passed down from my great grandfather who collected all sorts of arms. 

    We know next to nothing about it and would greatly appreciate any help to discover more about it. 

    We also have a bolt that has followed it and the original loading mechanism (witch I do not have pictures of at this point. Need an expert  20190312
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    Post by kenh on Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:04 am

    Is your family Italian?  As a part-time heraldry buff, I find very interesting the "coat of arms" on the backstrap behind the bolt clip.  A peacock's head is certainly not common in English/Scottish/French heraldry, and neither is a dog's head, especially when facing opposite that of most heraldic animals.  Also a Bend Sinister (the diagonal band) is very uncommon, although the Baton (stick) on it is known.
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    Post by Geezer on Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:23 am

    That's a good quality German style 'claplock' target bow (with a target bolt) Is spans with a 'wippe' cocking lever.  Could date anywhere from 1500s to 1800s.  Maybe a product of the shops in Dresden? This type of bow was popular there for competition shooting.  Very nice piece... we're all quite jealous. Geezer.
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    Post by kenh on Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:00 am

    What Geezer said!!!
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    Post by drawknife on Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:05 am

    Get in touch with Arthur Credland, Society of Archer Antiqueries, England. He should be able to help.
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    Post by julianpam on Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:09 am

    Thank you so much guys. 

    i've always been very fond of this crossbow. 

    learning more about it is a lot of fun!

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