Powder Ladle (Pear wood)
Remains of up to 21 Powder Ladles were recovered from the Mary Rose. They were used to load powder, most likely in a canvas pouch or cartridge, into a muzzle loading gun. The actual ‘ladle’ part was made of iron or, in this case, copper which was less likely to generate a spark, and fixed to the head with iron nails. The head and shafts were made of wood, in the case of this one Pyrus, or pear tree.