Articles & objects of daily life

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- Checker playing piece -
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- Knife case-
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- Clystère - (Syringe)

The pottery, as we have seen, give much insight on the everyday life in the 16th century, but it especially gives us a living testimony on the evolution of the closed world of the seafarer.
The small number of personal effects illustrates the utter deprivation of the crew members. A wooden comb with missing teeth, a knife case, and a thimble are combined with leisure objects like playing die, a chess pawn and a checker playing piece. The inventory indicates the meager wardrobe of the sailors. The presence of sewing thimbles tells us that it is highly likely that constant repairing, sewing and patching were commonplace to make their clothing last as long as possible.

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- Sewing thimble - - Wooden combs -

Curiously enough, we have found these two objects: playing die and sewing thimble on several shipwrecks from differing time periods. These symbolize the way in which the sailors kept themselves occupied during their free time.

Compared to these objects, the ones found belonging to the officers were more numerous: table objects characterized by the beautiful majolica that we have already described (see text on ceramics), but especially the pewter pieces: plates, pitchers, spoons, candlesticks, and tableware such as cups and bottles.
A square-toed shoe, which was also typical to the period, was also found.
Apart from the remains of edible objects such as pine nuts, peach pits, hazel nuts, and pistachio nuts, most objects represent the different professions that were practiced on board.

A balance scale, apothecary jars, and a lancet handle indicate the presence of an apothecary.
In addition, the presence of money, account tokens and yarn scales indicate commercial activities of some kind (sales person or clerk).

Only two compass arrows and fragments of an hourglass are left as reminders of the navigator's duties.

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- Compas arrows -

The presence of soldiers on board is seen through a number of important objects such as parts of copper sword cases, sword blade fragments, suits of armor, crossbows, and arquebuses.

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- Baldrick buckle - - Parts of copper sword cases -

We also found many objects related to different manual jobbs: jack planes, shovels, bailers, buckets, mallets, and an auger or awl handle.

© Max Guérout