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French Ware Bottle

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 probably imported.


Usually these flasks are found without their wicker covering, revealing a spherical bottom, suggesting the wicker acted both as a decoration and as a means of stability, allowing it to be hung from a hook.

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