This was the first bronze gun, of a type known as a demi culverin, to be found on the wreck of the Mary Rose in recent times, in 1979. It is also the most elaborately decorated.
The gun was positioned on the Castle deck at the widest part of the ship pointing forwards. This was a long range weapon which would have functioned to ward off an oncoming enemy vessel, firing forward at a slight angle to the centre line of the ship.
The gun shown here is mounted on a replica of the original carriage. The original carriage was recovered with the gun and the dimensions have been exactly replicated.
The gun was made by John and Robert Owen in 1537 in London.
The carriages for all the bronze guns on the Mary Rose were either manufactured or adapted to fit a particular gun and to take into account it's position in the ship. There isn't much standardisation in guns, carriages or gun furniture.
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