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Item #15770

Rare Antique Chinese Crossbow Tiller & Lock 300-100 BC

  • Price: $2,795.00
  • Maker: Chinese
  • Model: CrossBow Tiller
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  • Description: An extremely rare Chinese crossbow tiller and bronze lock mechanism dating from the late Warring States Period or early Han Dynasty (300-100 BC). The tiller is of a long pistol grip form with an integral triggerguard for the lock release bar. The forward end notched and pierced for the attachment of the bow that is now missing. The complete lock work is oxidized and frozen. The tiller is warped from being buried in water rich soil. This weapon is possibly unique in the United States. For similar examples see "The Changsu Chu State Tombs" (2000: Beijing, Cultural Relics Press), P. 201 (Fig. 285); Cheng Dong and Zhong Shao-yi, "Ancient Chinese Weapons" (1990: Beijing , Chinese People's Liberation Army Publishing House), PP. 90 (fig.4-91) and 145 (fig's 6-61 and 6-62). A museum or an advanced collector's item.