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OSS Crossbow Bolt, Identification Please

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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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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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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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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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Kevin Williams

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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.

 

David Albert

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Past President, The American Thompson Association
American Society of Arms Collectors
Ohio Gun Collectors Association
Carbine Club
Garand Collectors Association

International Ammunition Association
Contributing Writer, Small Arms Review Magazine
Co-Author, "Thompson Manuals, Catalogs, & Other Paper Items" Collector Guide
One of the "Other Authors" of "The Ultimate Thompson Book," by Tracie L. Hill
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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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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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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.com/OSS-Special-Weapons-...6860&sr=8-1


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Clayton,

 

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

 

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Kevin Williams

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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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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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