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Crossbow

1775 - 1790

Bullet crossbow No.399 made by William Barker of Wigan.

Purchased for the collection for 10 guineas in the 1930s.

William Barker was a renowned clockmaker and gunsmith of Wigan in the 18th Century.  

Well known for his steel crossbows and fowling pieces (shotguns) as well as clocks. William Barker first applied for Freedom to trade as an independent in Wigan in March 1748. The Freedom was granted in 1751.