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Item #

A3910

1483 da Vinci Catapult Balestra Model

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V020616

Price $

550

In 1969 the XEROX Company requested hand made models of the 15th century.  This is a hand made model of Leonardo da Vinci’s 1483 Catapult model titled Carro Balestra (a weapon of mass destruction).  By design it would fire many arrows several hundred yards into enemy using aiming & distance alignment adjustments.  After a multitude of competition submissions this model won the National Award.  The 3.5” wheels and firing mechanics are made of cast iron with wood frame, leather and string.  There are two award winning brass plates.  The first plate reads “Leonardo Da Vinci Carro Balestra 1483."  The other plate reads "XEROX National Award 3600-1 Program 1969".  It weighs 8 lbs and measures 16.5” long by 6” wide and from wheel to wheel 13”.   It is accented with slight discoloration after 45+ years of age & could easily be cleaned but might deter value of this near one of a kind weapon.

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