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Two panels with “Assault on Piombino”, oil on panel, mid-15 century. Very nice crossbowmen and crossbow details – tillers looks very “industrial”, style than later will reach its apogee in Spanish crossbow. This fragment is of special interst: it depicts crossbows carelessly thrown on the ground, while shooters engage castle’s defendants with bows. The person in the center seem to be in process of discarding the tiller in favour of the bow. Definetly episode has some meaning and should be investigated further.
Also the lack of the binding is noteworthy. Maybe the prod was fixed in place by iron latch, construction similar to Glasgow crossbow. In that case looks like Glasgow example can be firmly dated 15 century, Italian, with prod replaced probably in 19 century. By the way, prod may be older than tiller.

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