Antique German Crossbow

45 Caliber

45 Caliber

2015-07-06 14:42:37

Antique Crossbow. Assumed German, fruit wood stock with inlay. Notice that small loop on the front of bow? That was for a metal rod on the end of your boot. The shooter also wore a heavy leather belt with two hooks on it and caught the firing cord on the two hooks on his belt, then used his foot to hook the loop and then pushed down to rest and charge the crossbow. Worked fine unless you slipped or let go. In which case you'd need to mind your tackle!
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