The crossbow illustrated is my next major restoration job to be done. I purchased it last week in one of the major London auction rooms. It was made by J. Blancher of Attleborough (in Norfolk) probably in the mid / late 1600 -s ,and is (in its way) rather a handsome weapon.
Since then I have been studying Sir Ralph Payne - Gallwey's book 'The
Crossbow'. It was first published in 1903, and has (to my mind) never been bettered as a text book on crossbows. There are four small iron parts to be made, which will fix the bow firmly into the stock , and two more slightly larger iron pieces that keep everything firmly in position. All are illustrated in Payne -Gallwey's book, and will have to be made to the correct sizes of the vacant holes in the stock. In a repair job of this sort the holes that remain in the stock, dictate accurately the sizes of the missing parts. It should take a while (and keep me busy). Must try and remember to take 'after' pictures to show when all's done -watch this space.
Just been called up for lunch by Ruth.