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Pewter Chamber Pot

Pewter Chamber Pot
Picture 22 of 100

This pewter pot, recovered from a scourpit beneath the Sterncastle, is believed to have been a chamberpot, probably belonging to one of the officers who would have been quartered in this area of the ship. The design is English, and has a high lead/low tin content similar to other chamberpots from the period.

Other than a possible "Pissdale" under the sterncastle, no other lavatory facilities were recovered from the Mary Rose; the main toilets, or ‘Heads’ would have been at the bow of the ship, which is missing. Clearly the owner of this chamber pot didn’t like having to make the journey from one end of the ship to the other!

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