3D Artefacts from the Mary Rose | The Mary Rose
3D Artefacts

3-dimensional models of objects from the Mary Rose, made using photogrammetry techniques by MicroPasts

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The Ship’s Bell (82A2297)


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.

Wooden tankard with lid (81A3915)

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.

Beech wooden bowl (82A1712)

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.

Bone angel (81A2851)

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.

Flagon (82A1741)

Flagon 82A1741 has a bulbous body and a domed lid with a twin-ball thumbpiece attached to a solid strap handle. It is 203mm tall with a maximum body diameter of 148mm, a capacity of 1.8 litres (half gallon or ‘pottle’) and weighs 2.27kg, and is made of pewter with a mix of 67.9% tin/30.8% lead.  It was probably made in Lille, northern France or in the Netherlands

Wooden Spoon (81A1578)

Found on the deck just above the carpenters' cabin, this is one of only two small spoons carved in maple.

It is incised with a Z or a reversed N at the back of the neck. These are small and light, and other spoons made of wood or horn are likely to have floated away or perished. Only three other eating spoons were found, all of which are pewter.

This and many more of the carpenters artefacts were modelled using photogrammetry and can be found at: www.VirtualTudors.org

The Mary Rose

King Henry VIII’s Tudor warship the Mary Rose, recorded with twenty three 3D laser scans using a Faro S350, and 374 photographs.

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