A Gothic Crossbow, c. 1475

A Gothic Crossbow,

Item ref: 3025

  • Southern Germany
  • Parchment, wood, cord, bone, iron, leather, horn
  • 72 cm / 28.3 in x 70 cm / 27.5 in


Private collection, Europe
Private collection, United Kingdom

This composite bow is covered with parchment decorated in monochrome to simulate fishskin or snakeskin. Flowing tendrils, strapwork and shaped panels of horn are let into the sides of the tiller around the lock and on the underside around the trigger and the bow's original string and bound cord bridles.