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Lot 2334: A German late-Gothic crossbow with horn prod, the tiller entirely covered in bone inlays, circa 1500
26 October 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: The sturdy prod with a D profile, horn layers and still bearing the marks of the stamped birch bark casing (point decorations). The hemp bowstring of later date. The hemp cord anchors original. The slender tiller swelling slightly towards the middle and entirely covered with inlays of grooved, polished plates of antler (the butt cap replaced), iron fork stud, iron lug for the Gothic ratchet bar cranequin, asymmetrical butt cross-section, cheek rest. Single-axle trigger mechanism with original braided nut made of antler and long, grooved trigger (round knee) and an old horn spring. The bolt bridge is missing. Slightly damaged in places, signs of age. Length 66 cm, width 65 cm. The late mediaeval regulations for crossbow makers differentiated between tillers that were entirely covered in bone inlays and the customary wooden tillers the former were the most expensive, prestigious version. Cf. Richter, H., Die Hornbogenarmbrust 2012, pp. 138, 173. Remarkably well preserved crossbow with horn prod in the rare, elegant version. Karl Zeilinger Collection.
Condition Report: II
Notes: Armbrusten und Zubehör