London, King Street-South Kensington Offsite sale
18 July 2002
AN ENGLISH BULLET CROSSBOW
By Jonathon Johnson, Wigan, circa 1750
With slender steel bow, later strings and spacers, built-in gaffle engraved with chevrons and retained by a catch at the rear, signed back-sight en suite, sprung fore-sight, straight fluted ebony stock of rectangular section (minor cracks) with iron mounts and inlaid in front of the lock with an engraved decorative shaped panel and a smaller slotted plate to protect the stock from the sear, engraved trigger-guard, and unusual banana-shaped iron pommel (iron parts with scattered pitting)
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