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Steel; etched, chased and gilded
Rack: 34.4 cm (13 9/16 in.); Crank: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.); Gear housing: 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1723.b
Augustus was a marksman who took part in crossbow competitions. He had a large collection and often gave them to friends.
This crossbow was a hunting weapon for Prince Elector Augustus I, a member of the ruling elite in the Holy Roman Empire. Augustus, powerful and wealthy, had even the most practical instruments ornately decorated, including this crossbow and its cranequin, or winding device.
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