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French Ware Bottle This wicker-covered whiteware flask was found on the Orlop Deck of the Mary Rose, in a chest believed to have belonged to one of the officers.  The style is similar to others produced at the time in Martincamp, a pottery making village in the Beauvais region of France, so these bottles were… Read more »

Boatswain’s Call This silver boatswain’s call and was recovered from the main deck of the Mary Rose. The silk ribbon is original.   Despite the colloquial term we used above, not all calls were worn by boatswains. During this period, the call whistle was worn as a badge of office by officers such as the… Read more »

Ornate Ring While many silver rings were found on the Mary Rose, this one, found on the orlop deck in association with a paternoster and a number of silver coins, is one of the more ornate designs. Although it has been heavily corroded during its time under the sea, you can still make out some… Read more »

Arrow Fletching Although none of the actually fletching (the feathers) has survived on the thousands of examples recovered from the Mary Rose, but Toxophilus: The Art of Shooting, written in 1545, states that that goose feathers were the best ones for fletching, so it’s likely that ours used them too. The glue that was used in… Read more »

Swan Symbols on a Pewter Plate This is one of two pewter saucers that feature a a double-struck makers mark, featuring a swan. The Swan was used on cloths seals in Valenciennes, France, during this time, so maybe these were French? They also have a strengthening bead and groove around the upper rim, a feature… Read more »

Butter Churn This staved barrel, made of oak and ash closely resembles a Butter Churn, although there has been some doubt that butter would have been made on board ship.   We know dairy was part of a Tudor sailor’s daily ration, each man being issued with 6oz (170g) of butter and 12oz (340g) of… Read more »

Lady on a Knife Handle   This knife handle, found in a chest on the main deck of the Mary Rose, features a decorative hexagonal copper alloy end cap. Two of the sides feature human figures, a gentleman and a lady. There are various interpretations of these figures, from them being the knife’s owner and… Read more »

Lord Lisle’s Plate While we found a number of  pewter plates featuring the initials GC, relating to Admiral George Carew, the commander of the Mary Rose on her final day, we also found some plates with the mark of Viscount Lisle, also known as John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. We know he wasn’t on the Mary… Read more »

Tabor Pipe This Tabor pipe, found in on the Orlop Deck of the Mary Rose, would have been played alongside the Tabor Drum by the same musician; one hand playing the beat, the other fingering the pipe. This was made possible by the pipe only having three holes, for the middle and index fingers and the thumb,… Read more »

As part of our accessibility program, we will be trialling a “High Light” morning on the morning of Friday, 16th December in the Mary Rose Museum, with invited visually impaired and other groups with disabilities.   Normally the lights are kept low for conservation purposes, but we can put brighter lights on for short periods,… Read more »