SELECTION OF MEDIEVAL CROSSBOW BOLTS

£40.00/each

Measurements: item A: 8.2 cm – length, item B: 8 cm – length, item C: 6.9 cm – length, item D: 7.9 cm - length

 

Description: A selection of Medieval iron hand-forged crossbow bolts (sometimes called quarrels). The bolts have four sides with sharp pyramid-shaped tips, some of them with traces of whetting. Their shapes vary from straight tips with tapering sockets to diamond-shaped tips with tapering sockets. The bolts are usually shorter than arrows, but several times heavier. In the armies of Europe, mounted and un-mounted crossbowmen, often mixed with slingers, javelineers and archers, occupied a central position in battle formations. Crossbowmen were also valuable in counterattacks to protect their infantry. The rank of commanding officer of the crossbowmen corps was one of the highest positions in any army of this time. These pieces are normally found throughout central Europe and especially on sites of Austro-Hungarian battlefields. Price is per each item. Please e-mail a letter of your preferred crossbow bolt prior to your purchase.

 

Provenance: Private Austrian collection.

 

Period: 13th – 15th cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine. With some areas of pitting to the surface and minor chipping to edges.

 

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