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c. 1460-1470

Wood (walnut?) inlaid with bone; horn; iron and steel; composite bow (horn and parchment)

Overall: 87 cm (34 1/4 in.); Bow: 74.5 cm (29 5/16 in.); Butt: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1725

Fun Fact

The cranequin, or winding device, made the crossbow easier to span for reloading. With a full quiver—a container for bolts and arrows—a hunter could bring home plenty of meat.

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