Monthly Archives: August 2011

Italian crossbow, second half of 15 century

Same principle as on earlier crossbows. The biggest differences are the ridge on the stock and longer top plate. Close inspection reveals inlays on the tiller and hinge securing the prod. No hooks or rods for advanced tensioning systems are … Continue reading

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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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