Chemical Composition: XRF data from Artax 1
Alloying Elements: copper, zinc
Other Elements: tin, lead, iron
K. Eremin, January 2014
Technical Observations: The patina is green with light gray accretions. The pin is bent and deformed, and a modern solder join repairs a break where it meets the spring and holds it tight in the catchplate. The surface is partially preserved.
The spring and pin were hammered into shape and inserted into a hole in the broad end of the bow. The bow and catchplate were cast, probably from a model made directly in wax. The finishing of the surfaces is obscured by corrosion products and accretions. The small hole in the head of the bow appears to be a small casting flaw in an otherwise solid casting.
Henry Lie (submitted 2012)