Steel and brass; incised decoration; pierced traceried Gothic windows
Rack: 39.4 cm (15 1/2 in.); Crank: 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.); Gear housing: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.2082
The mark, made of inlaid copper, is currently unidentified.
Bows made of composite materials were developed during the 1400s. They were immensely powerful and could be spanned only with the aid of a winder called a cranequin like the one seen here.
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