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Pewter flask


Two of these pear-shaped pewter flasks were found on the Mary Rose. The body divided into two compartments, containing two different substances.

If not used for medicines, they could have been used for condiments such as oil and vinegar, or perhaps wine and holy water, as a flask with similar trefoil screw top was found on the Thames foreshore in conjunction with an early sixteenth century ecclesiastical cruet.

This example, found on the orlop deck, has one pewter stopper with a trefoil design and one of cork. The cork is presumably replacing a lost stopper, as it shows marks where it has been screwed into the opening.

Flask with replacement cork - 82A4725