Crossbow by Johann Gottfried Hänisch the Elder (German, Dresden 1696–1778)
Steel, wood, staghorn, copper alloy, hemp, wool, gold, iron alloy
L. of crossbow, 28 13/16 in. (73.2 cm); W. of crossbow, 24 15/16 in. (63.3 cm); Wt. of crossbow, 10 lb. 7 oz. (4,817 g); L. of cranequin (without crank), 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm); L. of crank, 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund and Bequest of Stephen V. Grancsay, by exchange, 1985
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
This is one of a series of similar bows by Hänisch the Elder for the court of Friedrich August II, Elector of Saxony from 1733 to 1763 and King Augustus III of Poland from 1734 to 1736.
Ex. coll.: Earlshall Castle, Leuchars, Fife, Scotland; Peter Finer.