Vintage F.H. Ayres Longbow.
A very good laminated ladies archery bow produced by F.H. Ayres Ltd., London. The bow is fitted with two horn nocks and a green fabric handle. Just above the grip is the makers name ‘F.H. Ayres Ltd., London’ and below the number 26, indicating the draw weight of this bow in lbs. A nice bow in good original condition.
Photographed is a selection of bows we have in stock and are sold separately, please enquire about up to date stock. These were all part of a collection we acquired and there was an envelope in one of the items, this has been photographed and shows that the archery equipment came from Warwickshire.
The heydays of archery as a social recreation in the 19th century saw four stand out bow-makers. Of course there were others who, principally makers of umbrellas and fishing tackle etc., added bowery to their repertoires with varying degrees of success; but it was Thomas Waring, Thomas Aldred, James Buchanan and Peter Muir who many turned to for quality and quantity.