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Italian Heavy Siege Or Windlass Crossbow Circa 1650

39" length. 8" height. 31" steel bow. 47" overall with crank. An Italian heavy siege or windlass crossbow that is believed to have been made around 1650. Item has a walnut stock with steel and bone inlays, with a steel trigger guard. Complete with its original windlass type crannequin with rope still attached. Bow is marked with what appears to be a "3". Receipt paperwork from Sotheby's included. Item is without bowstring. 

Provenance:Property from the Estate of Mr. Paul Thomas Griffith, Dayton, Ohio Sotheby's, Los Angeles, Arms & Armor, March 7th, 1976, Lot 186

Condition:

Fine condition overall. A far better example than commonly offered. Crannequin is still functional. 

Starting Price: $1,200
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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