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32997Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Lucky Target

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  • John Edgerton
    Apr 5, 2013
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    The illustration I have is by Simon Bening from the "Hennessy Book of Hours" November, from around 1530.

    I made enlargements of the targets on both pages and then printed them (See attached). I then used a compass to complete the circles of the targets. The drawings of the targets in the illustration are a bit oval. A "guesstimate" shows the targets as being a little over five feet in diameter. They most likely have five rings with the outer most ring having about 28 numbered scoring areas.  If the scoring areas remain the same width throughout, the rings have 24, 18, 12 and 6 scoring areas per ring going inward.  With, perhaps, a full circle in the very center.  This would be a total of approximately 88 scoring areas, not counting the center full circle. It is impossible to "guesstimate" the placement of the scoring areas that are not visible. 

    It is also possible that the scoring areas do not remain of constant width, but taper inward like a dart board.  This would mean a major increase in scoring areas. 

    Sometime before I became interested in archery history and knew of "lucky targets" I had been given a print of a period painting that showed a lucky target under its covered building. It showed the face of the target clearly.  However, I then misplaced it and have never been able to locate it.  Has anyone ever seen a period illustration of the round "Lucky Target"?


    From: J. Hughes <jphughessr@...>
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    Sent: Fri, April 5, 2013 9:39:53 AM
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    Sir Jon,
    Note the livery showen in the illumination. I am finding that very characteristic of Flemish Crossbow Guilds.
    Charles O'Connor
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