Bow, (fr. Arc): the long-bow, hand-bow, or string-bow, and the cross-bow(fr. arbalette), as well as arrows, are of frequent occurrence in coat-armour. In one case the term stone-bow occurs, in allusion to the name; in another, an antique-bow. Their position should be mentioned, and also whether they are strung of a different tincture. The bowstring also occurs alone.
Ermine three long bows, in fesse gules--BOWES.
Argent, a chevron between three stone-bows sable--HURLESTONE.
Azure, an antique bow in fesse and arrow in pale argent--MULLER.
Azure, a bowstring in fesse fretted with eight arrows interlaced in bend dexter and sinister, argent and feathered or--Town of SHEFFIELD.
Gules, two long bows bent and interlaced in saltire or stringed argent, between four bezants each charged with a fleur-de-lis azure--REBOW, Essex, 1685.
Sable, a hand-bow in bend between two pheons argent--CARWARDING, Hertford.
Sable, two string-bows endorsed in pale or, garnished gules, between two bundles of arrows in fesse, three in each, gold, barbed and headed argent, tied as the third--BENBOW, Scotland.
Argent, two bows one within the other in saltire gules, strung or--BOWMAN.
Ermine, a cross-bow bent in pale gules--ALBASTER, Stafford.
Ermine, a cross-bow bent point downwards, between three moorcocks sable--HIGHMORE, Cumberland, temp. HEN. IV.