German Crossbow, first half 16th c.

With robust steel bow struck with a mark on the inner face. original cords.  Hardwood tiller veneered with ebony, the upper and lower surfaces veneered with stag horn plaques finely engraved with scrollwork, an eagle, the date 1537  and the No. 6.  The sides inlaid with winged beasts and the upper and lower borders engraved with scenes of the chase and townscapes.  The nut retained by a gilded bronze band  chiseled with lions heads and a winged figure below.  Original bowstring, set trigger, folding sight, perhaps later, and lugs for a cranequin. 

24 1/2" tiller,  23" bow. 

Price:   $ 35,000-

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