An Italian Stone-bow, Tuscany, Late 16th c.
Slender steel bow chiseled along the top edge with a vine like pattern, retained by a pair of molded irons, fitted with a later string with bone spacers. Hardwood tiller of characteristic form, finely carved with winged beasts amidst foliage on a stippled ground. The edges carved with guilloche ornament, overlapping scales, chevrons and quatrefoils. Fore-sight formed as baluster pillars with acanthus chiseling at their base, mounted on rectangular columns and a folding arched back-sight chiseled with acanthus leaves. A well carved mask above the trigger and original octagonal pommel. The front finial chiseled with acanthus ornament. Equipped with a set trigger.
Length: 36 1/4" Bow 22"
Condition: Very fine, metal patinated, all carving sharp. Most elegant and very high quality.