Sunday, 13 October 2013
Ancient Tools From the Mary Rose.
We visited the new Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth today. The war ship Mary Rose was commissioned by Henry VIII in 1510 and sunk in the Solent in 1545, so everything in the museum dates from between these dates. The table above is a well used butchers block with through tenons.
There were a large number of carpentry tools found showing just how important wood was in those days.
I can't remember the last time I saw a plane dating from the early 1500's at the David Stanley auctions.
These moulding planes look very comfortable.
A marking gauge, gimlets and large mallet.
Saws and a brace, the metal parts have long since corroded away.
There were lots of wooden chests, the more robust ones such as this one were nicely dovetailed at the corners.
Here is the skeleton of the ships dog, a well suited breed for catching rats. Next to him is a folding backgammon board.
The tree below shows how important the master carpenter was on board ship.
The carpentry shop was sited on the upper deck, another sign of importance.
Here's Nelson's HMS Victory, we'll save that for another day.
Finally the obligatory photograph next to Henry VIII, he was a big lad!