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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
: "Chinese Crossbow Lock of Bronze
In general, it may be said that this type of bronze crossbow lock first appeared during the Han dynasty (206 B.C. to 200 A.D.) The lock has several features which place it far in advance of the European crossbow locks which did not appear in an even remotely comparable quality until the 17th century. Among these characteristics are: (1) the lock is made of bronze and is, therefore, practically not subject to corrosion. (2) There are no springs to weaken or break. (3) The lock is self-setting; when the string is pulled into place in the notch, the lock is automatically set into the full operative position without the necessity of using any string or push rods as in comparable European locks. (4) The lock will hold a very strong pull from a heavy bow, yes release it smoothly and easily upon a comparatively slight pull on the trigger. Mechanically the lock is superior to all but the lates and most complicated European locks.
Received from the City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, October 28, 1955."
The following information is taken from the Winchester records card file in the McCracken Library.