A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general. Updated most Tuesdays.
Tudor Corporate Sponsorship on the Mary Rose
Many of the longbowmen’s wristguards recovered from the Mary Rose feature decoration – often religious – so it’s not surprising we found one bearing the three repeated stamps – a gridiron, a crowned griffin and a shield with a wiredrawer’s gauge. These are not religious symbols, though, but the insignia of three Worshipful Companies – the Girdlers, the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers (both of which still exist) and the Pinmakers.
City guilds were expected to provide men and equipment in times of war, so they would probably want people to know that they’d produced items – clearly they knew about establishing their brand identities!