Miniature crossbows have long been a way for manufacturers to advertise their skills and bring delight. Adding the term “Assassin” brought a certain mystique and allure. Are they really for assassinating? Of course not. Maybe on a fluke shot, or with poison. Largely these were toys for nobility, the originals made of steel. Here I’ve adopted the fun tradition, and interpreted the concept in my own historically inauthentic style.
The bow is osage orange with horn tip overlays and draws about 60 pounds at 3.” The stock is Douglas fir, and the bolt clip is also horn and is secured with goldenrod cordage stained with blue cornflowers. The string is made of raspberry brambles, and the simple rising peg trigger is made of a Hawthorne branch. It’s naturally spring loaded. Everything is friction fit and comes apart.