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Years ago, upon the demise of my father, I was landed with the task (amongst enough others) of sorting out some old English bows. After plenty of head scratching, I worked out a sort of ready - reckoner, where I identified 42 different features, or even quirks of these bows, and at what period said features/quirks were to be found, so that anybody should be able to work out from the chart the period when an old English bow was made, or, should bits be missing, what any replacement part should look like, if it is intended to look authentic. The Strad have published it on their website, so I see little advantage of spending ages posting it here again, since it can be read (without any pay wall or similar) here see below To get to the ready – reckoner chart, you have to click either on the PDF link in the article or here; see below Although there is a “Comment” function in the “Strad” online edition, I see no reason to not have a discussion here The Strad have changed their Home Page, so the links no longer work. The new URL for the article is now https://www.thestrad.com/the-british-bow-a-rough-guide-to-dating-and-development/5357.article and the Chart: https://du4dv89wgxa89.cloudfront.net/Uploads/i/q/m/britishbow1_649622.pdf