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Medieval longbow covered grips?

Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:15 pm
by John R Edgerton
Are there any examples of pre-1600 longbows of any country, with the grip section of the handle covered with any material or were they all uncovered? I am not referring to just war-bows, but all kinds including those used by the nobility.

Thank you for any help you can give

John R Edgerton.
Newark, California, USA

Re: Medieval longbow covered grips?

Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:23 pm
by admin
John - off the top of my head I cannot think of any, and nor can Hugh... Although he thinks that those of the nobility might well have had a covering. We will bear this in mind, however.

Administrator

Re: Medieval longbow covered grips?

Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:38 pm
by John R Edgerton
Thanks. So no known examples of covered grips. I wonder why they do not seem to have been used.

Re: Medieval longbow covered grips?

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:28 pm
by admin
Odd isn't it. You would have thought that they might have had a bit of leather binding for the lower classes and the army, and perhaps something a bit smarter - velour perhaps - for the posh people. It would be interesting to research at what period they did start using a covering for the grip - but all we have to go on is contemporary illustrations