Object Title

Composite bow

Composite bow

Date

1801-1830

Object Number

XXVIB.9

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

Of typical crab-bow shape having the ears at right angles to the limbs when unstrung. The grip and ears are gilded with flowers in deep red. The limbs are green with leaf shapes filled with tendrils and foliage in gold. There are wide bindings of sinew on either side of the grip and at the junction of each ear, presumably to reinforce the splices.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Width overall 79.5 cm (31.3 in), Width across shoulders 3.6 cm (1.4 in) Weight: The weight of the bow is 0.48 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no.xv 34, p.95

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no.xv 110, p.43