Here are some examples of the historical crossbow styles I make. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have questions, are interested in commissioning a crossbow, or simply want to talk crossbows!
This sporting crossbow emerged at the end of the 17th century, and was in use for the next 200 years as a target and hunting crossbow. The name "Schnepper" translates to "snapper" and refers to the lock catch that snaps down to hold the string, a mechanism that results in a much lighter trigger weight and smoother release than the more common roller-nut type of lock.
One of the most popular types of hunting and target crossbows, this style first appeared in Germany at the end of the 15th century, and evolved from the military crossbows that were common in archery companies during the 14th and early 15th centuries. This crossbow type was in use from the late 15th century until the late 18th century.
15th century Armbrust
One of the most common forms of crossbow in Central Europe during the late 14th and early 15th centuries, this type of crossbow featured bone inlays and horn plates around the roller-nut lock. Originally created with horn and sinew composite prods, this reproduction features a 120lb aluminum prod and double-axle lock.
Flanders - now Belgium - has a long history of crossbow target shooting, and still has crossbow guilds today. This crossbow type was ubiquitous througout Blegium and France from the 16th century on, and the form evolved over time to include new lock and trigger types, all aimed at developing a stable and accurate target shooting platform.
18th Century Kulissenschnepper
This crossbow type evolved directly from the Schnepper; the addition of a top rail allows it to shoot lead shot for hunting small game. This 18th century model is characterized by the emergence of the shoulder stock, which replaced the more common cheek rest observed in a variety of Central European crossbow designs starting in the late 15th century. My version has been updated with a stirrup to allow hand-spanning, and a slot in the lower track to accomodate modern 3-vane bolts.