Crossbow with jalopy
This crossbow was made by François Aubert, a manufacturer specializing in the production of edged weapons and crossbows. Active in Lunéville around 1710-1740, he is mentioned in 1712 as the arms manufacturer of the Duke of Lorraine. François-Etienne de Lorraine (1708-1765), Grand Duke of Tuscany, also called upon the craftsman, particularly during his marriage to Archduchess Maria Theresa, the future Empress of Austria.
Adorned with his coat of arms as Grand Duke of Tuscany, this crossbow is decorated with foliage motifs surrounding a boar. Reserved for hunting small game, the jalet crossbow appeared in the 16th century. It allows the projection of clay or lead bullets. A front sight generally facilitates the precision of the shooting. The crossbow was used until the end of the 18th century, long after the harquebus had become commonplace: its silent nature made it possible to approach game without frightening it.