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GG Osborne





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PostPosted: Fri 09 Oct, 2009 10:15 am    Post subject: Border Reiver Larch?         Reply with quote

I have read repeatedly that the Border Reivers carried by preference a small light crossbow called a "larch" as opposed to larger long bows. Does anyone have a description or picture of one? Thanks in advance, guys!
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Oct, 2009 10:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You're looking for a "latch" or "latchet bow". See this thread and don't miss the photos of Leo Todeschini's recreated latchet bow. Gorgeous piece....

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t...ight=latch

Here's a full view of the Tod's Stuff bow:
http://www.todsstuff.co.uk/16thclatchetbow.php

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Oct, 2009 8:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's one I just missed dammit Mad Not really a latch (no latch mechanism) but a nice crossbow

http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/viewto...highlight=

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