lets see if I can post some pictures.
This crossbow was an old and sad looking article I picked up at an auction. It was broken through the wrist and was in a general sad state of repair. It is beautifully made. The original maker is well beyond the average home craftsman.
Anyway I've steel pinned and reset the wrist, lifted the oil off the stock and wippe and refinished them with boiled linseed oil and shellac. I was careful not sand out the dings and scratches. I've buffed the worst of the rust off the steel and then oiled it- I did not want to remove the patina from the metal. The whole thing got a coat of wax and a new string.
Finally I made some bolts to finish the kit.
It draws about 120 lbs. the prod has been made from an old buggy spring
it is signed "G. R. SHAW, MAKER, IN'GILL, NZ." (IN'GILL, NZ stands for Invercargil, New Zealand). Unfortunately he did not date it. I estimate that it was made sometime during the 1930's-1940's
The whole thing breaks down quickly and clicks tightly and neatly in it's custom case.
After carefully checking the prod and lock for wear I damage, I shot it and it shoots well.
Thank you Mr Shaw for a beautiful crossbow!