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crossbow stock?
  • Country Unknown
  • crossbow stock?, late 1800s–1950
  • wood, cloth, bone, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 65.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 25 3/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Dr. Curt Von Wedel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0327

This long flat piece of wood has a widened part at one end. The wider portion accomodates a rectangular opening lined with black cloth on one side. There is a long channel on the narrow side. The groove ends at a square, possibly bamboo, plug where a small piece of bone inserts through the thickness of the wood. The bone is nailed in place which appears to allow it to pivot. There is a large rectangular notch with two small wooden dowels crossing a cutout in the notch which pierces the thickness of the piece.

There is some speculation that this piece is the middle portion (stock) of a crossbow and the rectangle at one end is to accomodate the bow portion (lath). The bone piece may be a trigger and the rectangular notch accomodates the mechanism.