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Babewin with crossbow to celebrate occasion

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Spanish set :-)

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Assault on Piombino and Italian crossbows

Two panels with “Assault on Piombino”, oil on panel, mid-15 century. Very nice crossbowmen and crossbow details – tillers looks very “industrial”, style than later will reach its apogee in Spanish crossbow. This fragment is of special interst: it depicts … Continue reading

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New crossbows and new prod

Model of crossbow from Wallace Collection (aka Colonna crosbow) with plastic inlays and reliefs (in progress), budget version of 14th century crossbow with inlays imitated by plastic and epoxy, 14th century crossbow with horn and bone inlays and new bow.

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st. Nicolas church, Hagenau in the Elsass (1360)

Thanks to David Nicolle this image became almost iconic. Indeed it provides wealth of details: for example, buckle on the belt is visible, hook type is evident and its dimensions could be easily calculated. Crossbow is of classic “old” European … Continue reading

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Crossbow maker from “Panoplia Omnivm Illiberalivm Mechanicarvm Avt Sedentariarum artium genera continens”

Famous woodcut from late 16 century in high resolution. All tools are nicely detailed and recognizable. Full scanned book is available here

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Siege of the Jealousy castle

Flemish tapestry, early 16th century (Hermitage, St.Petersburg). Note how crossbow… er…woman is using her thumb to hold the bolt in place.

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St.Sernin, Toulouse – demons with crossbows

The earliest medieval sculptural depiction of crossbow. Figure in the middle is holding projectiles which at first glance are quite similar to later bolts but this may be artistic convention: on most romanesque carwings arrows and bowstrings are very thick … Continue reading

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spaning hook- version 1

Long “danish” spaning hook on simple loop for atachment to the belt. These hooks are quite common in medieval paintings but most archeological finds are of smaller hooks with shorter “necks”. It is working   fine even now and will work even … Continue reading

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Crossbowmen from battle of San Romano

Note the spaning postures and how the thumbs are used to secure the bolt.

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