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Wrist guard


This leather wrist guard, belonging to one of the bowmen on the Mary Rose, shows a series of emblems such as a gridiron, an eagle or a griffin regally crowned within a shield and a wiredrawer’s gauge which appears to be coupled to a pin.

The gridiron is associated with the Girdlers Company and with Saint Lawrence, their patron. Together these stamps may relate to the informal association of the Girdlers Company with that of the Wiredrawers Company and the Pinners Company formalised in 1568.