[English Longbow] robin hoods longbow

not dead yet

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Ironman
mon antiques roadshow on yesterday.

a gent had what he described as an original robin hood longbow , with a framed letter.
looked like Yew with a few small knots, but 1800's style
in my eyes 70lb draw max, looking at thickness of the stave.

the owner recons that robin was buried where his last arrow fell , now considering he was ill, bleeding and basically being murdered slowly by this abbotess, he managed to shoot an arrow 650 yds. (the gents quote )

do you think this gent has been slightly misinformed

pete
 

Zef

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Well, people like to believe such things when they think they stand to earn a pretty penny. I'm guessing he wasn't an archer then, just an attic rummager.

Are you sure the 0 isn't a typo?
 

Del the Cat

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Can I do the old gag about...
'Where so ever this arrow doth land, there shall I be buried...'
He staggered up off his bed and with all the strength he could muster loosed one last arrow... twang..clonk..
...and so they buried him in the wardrobe.
No? Ok...I won't
Del
 

philhoney

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To determine the date it needs to be carbon dated. Untill that happens no one can be sure how old it is.
 

Del the Cat

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To determine the date it needs to be carbon dated. Untill that happens no one can be sure how old it is.
Dendrochronology? Ageing it by matching the growth rings? Dunno if there are enough visible rings at the tips....don't tell me it has horn nocks? but there would be if you sawed it in half at the centre.
Del
 

greygoose

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Hi,
I suppose the next items to be found will be a priceless original guarantee slip and bill.
Greygoose
 

Longbow_Gold

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I seriously doubt that any wood bow that was made in the 11/1200's, would be around today, unless it was miraculously trapped in an air tight container of some kind for all these centuries :)

Also, there was more than 1 man who was called "Robin Hood" in that time, because it was a name given to an outlaw at the time.

As Reguards the shooting of Robin's last arrow, Little John was supposedly the one to have shot 'The Resting Arrow' for Robin, because Robin was simply too weak to hold the bow.

I don't think a 200lb warbow could shoot 600 yards, let alone a 70lb longbow and so, the 600/650 yrds claims just seem a bit too long fletched to be possible in a single shot :)

The only way that I can think of where the 600 yrds could've been achieved, is if the same arrow had been shot in the same direction, at least twice consecutively, but even then the likelihood of this happening is very small indeed, but certainly more probable than 1 shot reaching 600/650 yrds :)

jmho
 

Whitehart

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I seriously doubt that any wood bow that was made in the 11/1200's, would be around today, unless it was miraculously trapped in an air tight container of some kind for all these centuries :)

jmho
Would it be silly to suggest at this point "time travel" to me the most obvious answer.

I also reckon that the arrow hit a deer and it just kept on running, so for the rest of his gang a double bonus a funeral and the wake all wrapped into one :)
 

Longbow_Gold

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As far as I understand it, LIttle John shot Robin's last arrow on Robin's behalf, and so there's another possibility!!!.... :p

Friar tuck may have been there with Robin and LIttle John and perhaps Tuck had blasted a gasser just as Little John loosed, and wound up giving the arrow a little extra velocity :D lol
 

Whitehart

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As far as I understand it, LIttle John shot Robin's last arrow on Robin's behalf, and so there's another possibility!!!.... :p

Friar tuck may have been there with Robin and LIttle John and perhaps Tuck had blasted a gasser just as Little John loosed, and wound up giving the arrow a little extra velocity :D lol
Now thats just being silly, though to be fair he did not deny it when I asked :beer:

Dam I left those bows and letters behind
 

Robin the Hood

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I don't think a 200lb warbow could shoot 600 yards, let alone a 70lb longbow and so, the 600/650 yrds claims just seem a bit too long fletched to be possible in a single shot :)

The only way that I can think of where the 600 yrds could've been achieved, is if the same arrow had been shot in the same direction, at least twice consecutively, but even then the likelihood of this happening is very small indeed, but certainly more probable than 1 shot reaching 600/650 yrds :)

jmho
I don't know what type was used, but many years ago the Guiness book of records had an entry of over 1 mile for an arrow being shot.....:kyudo:....Hope I never meet him on my target, he can pull his own arrows...:covereyes

Paul.....
:sigh:
 

gwynn

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I don't know what type was used, but many years ago the Guiness book of records had an entry of over 1 mile for an arrow being shot
Paul.....
:sigh:
I seem to remember it was a Turkish bow shooting a very small arrow that sits on a guide, dunno about it being a mile, again I seem to remember it being about a kilometre, in one shot, which is not too shabby at all.

How the hell do you find it once you've shot it? :scratchch I can lose a big arrow in 30 yard..........
 

Dougal

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GNAS record for unlimited weight longbow is 415 yds,1 ft and 1 inch.

And over 900 yds for a flight bow (whatever that is):archer2:
 
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