The crossbow was a feared weapon on the medieval battlefield. At close range, no plate armour could withstand a heavy bolt. In fact, contemporary literature suggests that the knights and men-at-arms of the period, ‘called upon Heaven to witness that it was dishonourable warfare to employ such weapons in battle.’ (Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, The Book of the Crossbow).


This fantasic collection iron cropssbow bolt dates to the 13th to 15th centuries A.D. displaying a square cross-sectioned neck tapering to a diamond cross-section blade.


Presented on a plinth of oak, the tang on these bolt heads suggests they have a continental European origin (where the crossbow was favoured over the longbow).


Read about the evolution of medieval crossbow bolts and arrowheads here


  • Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2017. Formerly in a private collection formed in the 1980s.