Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur
Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur
Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur
Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur
Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur
Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur

Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur

1200 to 1400 Germany

Offered by Finch & Co

Sold
Request Information Call Dealer
Favourite Item
A Remarkable and Curious Medieval Soldier’s Upper Thigh Bone or Femur pierced with a medieval iron crossbow bolt
Retrieved from the moat of Sevrinstorburg in the city of Cologne, Germany when the city moat and canal were drained and dredged in 1920
13th Century

Size: 43cm long – 17 ins long
Provenance: Ex Private European collection purchased 1920’s Cologne
Thence by descent
Exhibited in ‘Aufruhr 1225. Das Mittelalter an Rhein und Ruhr’ in Mainz Museum für Archäologie February to November 2010
Exhibited in ‘Aufruhr 1225. Das Mittelalter an Rhein und Ruhr’ in Mainz Museum für Archäologie February to November 2010
Known in the Middle Ages as an Arbalest or Arblast, the European crossbow consisted essentially of a heavy bow mounted on a stock with a groove in the top for an arrow and a mechanical device for holding and releasing the string. The earlier bows were made of wood or whalebone and the later of steel. The earliest were comparatively light and could be drawn by hand, the stock being braced against the body. As they became stronger and heavier, the bow was placed on the ground and the feet would hold it down whilst both arms and back were used to pull the string. The arrows were called bolts or quarrels and as this example shows, were much shorter and heavier than those used with the long bow.
Medium
Bone and Iron
Finch & Co

Finch & Co
Suite No 744
2 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3DQ
England

+44 (0)20-7413 9937
+44 (0)7836 684133
Favourite Dealer
Request Dealer Alerts
Opening Hours
Contacts
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details

Browse More Items From Finch & Co

View Dealer's Gallery