Probably the earliest dated crossbow––as well as one of the most beautiful examples of its kind––to survive from the 15th century, it is also the only crossbow of its period whose maker can be identified with reasonable certainty. The elaborate decoration consists of ivory panels carved with figures, inscriptions, and the arms of Count Ulrich V of Württemberg (1413–1480) and his third wife, Margaret of Savoy (1420–1479). The Latin inscriptions on either side are a hymn to the Virgin Mary and a Christmas-related quote from the gospel of St. Luke (2:14). On the underside, the crossbow features an extremely rare German inscription rendered in Hebrew letters––one of the earliest recorded instance of its kind.
If you want this bow ‘done right’, I recommend to upgrade to Inlet Bone Top, Decorative Bone Side plates (call for more info, and prices), Bone Release, and Horn Lockplates.
STANDARD FEATURES (?): Steel trigger, steel stirrup, cord bound prod, delrin nut, linseed oil finish, inlet rawhide lockplates
STANDARD CHOICES (?): Walnut or cherry wood for main body, black, red, blue, brown or green for rawhide lockplates and prod covers, choice of side cheekpiece
AVAILABLE OPTION UPGRADES (?): Basic sight, Renaissance sight, bow irons, horn lockplates, micarta bolt groove, inlet bone groove, inlet bone top, horn lockplates, steel prod, laminated wood prod, tung oil finish, wood overlay
**I do have exotic woods available for decorative inlets from time to time. Please contact me if you are interested in this option.**
INCLUDES: Prod String (plus extra string), 4 standard target bolts/arrows with white fletching