This Gun, of a type known as a Culverin, was lifted from the wreck site of the Mary Rose in 1980.
It was located on the stern upper deck and was found with its elm gun carriage.
The maker is unknown but the gun is dated to 1535 and bears a Tudor Rose ensigned with the Royal crown and surrounded by the Garter which bears the inscription HONY SOYTE QVY MAL Y PENCE.
The crown is superimposed over the top part of the Garter.
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded in 1348, is the highest order of chivalry, or knighthood, existing in England. Membership in the order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four members, or Companions. The order's emblem, depicted on insignia, is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: "shame upon him who thinks evil upon it", or "evil to him who evil thinks").
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