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Wood (walnut?), bone veneers, flax cord, steel (etched, traces of gilding). woolen pompoms, stock decorated wih inlaid trophies of arms
Bow: 58.5 cm (23 1/16 in.); Butt: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1723
Augustus was a marksman who took part in crossbow competitions. He had a large collection and often gave them to friends.
This crossbow was a hunting weapon for Prince Elector Augustus I, a member of the ruling elite in the Holy Roman Empire. Augustus, powerful and wealthy, had even the most practical instruments ornately decorated, including this crossbow and its cranequin, or winding device.
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