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#1 Clayton

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 11:51 AM

Gents;

I have been told this arrow is an OSS (forerunner to the CIA) crossbow bolt. Can anyone confirm this identification?

The arrow is all metal and has a 10 inches length.

Many thanks for your help,

Clay

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:31 PM

Clayton,

That does look exactly like one of the arrows shown on page 91 of Dr. John Brunner's book, "OSS Weapons II."

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:06 PM

Hello David:

Thank you for the information. Unfortunately, I don't have the book you mentioned.

Could you tell me what age do they give for this crossbox arrow in your reference book?

I'll watch for your response.

Clay

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:40 PM

Do I see traces of red paint on the fins? If so, that is a good sign. The OSS experimented with lots of different configurations of crossbows. So many, in fact, that Dr. Brunner (an OSS agent himself) wrote a whole book about them: The OSS Crossbows published by Phillips Publications in 1990.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:42 PM

Clay,

The book does not list a date, or any other specifics about the arrow in question, but the date range mentioned for the crossbows is between 1944 to 1945.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:44 PM

Hello Kevin:

Yes there is traces of red paint on the fins. It really sounds like your folks hsve confirmed what I was told earlier.

Clay

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:46 PM

Hello David:

I'm going to try and find a copy of that book. Are there two volumes or even more volumes in the set?

Clay

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

Hello David:

I'm going to try and find a copy of that book. Are there two volumes or even more volumes in the set?

Clay


There appear to be a few copies on Amazon.com, but they are not cheap.

http://www.amazon.co...-...6860&sr=8-1

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:17 PM

Clayton,

The 2nd Edition of Brunner's book on OSS Weapons is an update. You don't need both.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:16 PM

After getting a solid ID on that bolt, and the forthcoming request/assignment on value, ...I'm certain that you would wish to include a link to the "FOR SALE" section; for any interested party-goers.
I'm certainly looking forward to it .l.

Also: you really do take some lovely photos of your merchandise.
Perhaps you might care to share some of your expertise in the PHOTOS & IMAGING Section, for the benefit of all.,.


Buy-the-bye:
A close friend of mine gave a documented NVA/guke crossbow/complete, as an X-Mas present, last year.
It IS NOT for sale, and WILL actually reside in the collection ..."fo-eva and a day".....

Happy Trails......

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:37 AM

Many thanks to everyone for their help. The folks on this forum are real gentlemen and the wealth of knowledge here is truly amazing. I have collected over 50 years and we had nothing like this forum in the old days. Again I thank everyone for their generous assistance and kind comments.

My very best regards to all,

Clay


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