A Fine English Bullet Crossbow by William Barker of Wigan, No. 523, circa 1765.
With slender steel bow retaining original old strings, built-in gaffle with foliate decoration and retained by a catch at the rear. Signed floral engraved back-sight, sprung fore-sight, flat-sided walnut gun-stock with iron mounts, trigger guard with floral engraving, and serial numbered butt.
Bow 26" Stock 28"
Condition: Stock with some minor worm holes, iron parts with light patination.
William Barker was granted Freedom to trade in Wigan in 1751. He was a gunsmith and was a clockmaker of great reputation. His clocks are represented in most major British museums.