Three pale green bottles were found during the excavation, two complete vials found in the Barber Surgeon’s chest and a broken one found nearby.
At this time, more people died at sea from disease than injury but the basic equipment used by the surgeon remained the same for centuries! These bottles would have been relatively expensive items and rather delicate for use on board a ship and therefore it seems likely they would have been used to store volatile, caustic or corrosive items such as mercury or expensive liquids such as scented waters or oils used for shaving.
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The Mary Rose - Henry VIII's warship, lost in 1545, recovered in 1982 and now on display in a dedicated museum in Portsmouth for everyone to visit all year round All purchases made help contribute to the preservation and conservation of the Mary Rose and the 19,000 objects that were recovered from the seabed.
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