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A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Powder Ladle (Pear wood)

Pyrus Wood Powder Ladle

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.

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