An Antique Saxon Slurbow by Johann Georg Erttel, Dresden, Dated 1753, with blued steel bow decorated with a gilt band top and bottom at each side, fitted with an early string, retained by gilt cords and with its green pom-poms, fruitwood tiller fitted with an additional bar above and with bone bolt channel (very light worm damage), engraved with the date ahead of the string-release, inlaid with engraved staghorn segmental lines and plaques including panels of rococo foliage inhabited by hounds on each side of the mechanism, a doe and a stag pursued by a hound in a rococo landscape on the left of the cheek-piece and further decorated panels on top including a scalloped hollow for the thumb, steel string-release, double set trigger, steel trigger-guard, and bone butt-plate engraved with the number 1, I. G. E. and Ertell in This was converted for use as a slurbow in its early working life. Two gunmakers of this name, a father and son, are recorded circa 1700-63 and 1728-94 respectively. A number of firearms by them are preserved in the former Electoral gewehrkammer, Dresden, though neither is recorded as a crossbow maker. It is likely that this is the work of the father as the son is recorded in Amsterdam as both Burgher and Master the year the present bow was manufactured.
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