The bell recovered from the Mary Rose was one of the last items to be recovered from the wreck site (it was found under the ship below the starboard side). It was also the last item to be placed into the new Mary Rose Museum. At the Museum’s media launch in May 2013, the bell was processed into the museum by the ship’s company from the Navy’s latest Type 45 warship, HMS Duncan.
The bell was cast in bronze and metallurgy results showed it was made from copper (82%), tin (15%) and lead (1.7%). The Flemish inscription at the top reads ‘Ic ben ghegoten int yaer MCCCCCX’ which translates as ‘I was made in the year 1510’, the year that the Mary Rose was commissioned.
On board ships, the bell was used to signal the time, to mark the change of the watch and as a warning, particularly to other ships in fog.
The staved wooden vessels recovered from the Mary Rose,of which this wooden drinking tankard was one, provides the largest assemblage of domestic wooden vessels yet recovered in the British Isles (Weinstein 2005).
Made from seven staves and held together with hoops, this tankard also retained much of the pitch lining that made it watertight. Oak, poplar, pine, beech and willow were all used in its construction.
A small “X” shaped mark can clearly be seen on the lid and this is probably a mark to indicate ownership.
In total, over 60 bowls were raised during the excavations on board the Mary Rose. This is one of 30 beech bowls recovered.
The bowl was manufactured on a pole lathe from a section of timber. Some of the circular grooves from this method of manufacture can clearly be seen.
The bowls were recovered from all over the ship. Smaller ones are thought to be drinking bowls and many bear crude marks scored into the wood. This bowl has a complex series of linear marks and initials on the inside and outside, thought to denote ownership.
This bone panel carving was recovered from inside a chest found on the Main Deck of the Mary Rose. It depicts two angels in profile walking in a procession to the right each carrying a candle.
It is similar to panels made for triptychs in the Northern Italian workshops of the Embriachi family (late 14th and early 15 Century). They produced a variety of luxury objects (mirrors, caskets and triptychs) incorporating a series of bone or ivory panels. Triptychs, often used as altar pieces or for private prayer, displayed scenes of a religious nature.