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81A5749 finished at last

Those that have been reading since April will no doubt be pleased to hear that I finally finished the Mary Rose Costrel 81A5749, and that is has been safely given to it’s intended owner.

Mary Rose Costrel 81A5749
Front as defined in BTM, although I still secretly believe this to be the back.

Observant souls will also notice that since I now have a lathe, everything will now be turned whether it wants to be or not.

Mary Rose Costrel 81A5749
Back. See note for front. Also my first somewhat free-form* turned stopper.

While it’s a nice looking bottle and the new owner is very happy, I’m still disappointed with it. The problems with the pitch and having to change the colour spoiled this one for me.

*ie. Totally unprovenanced shape, the lathe was still doing most of the steering at this point. I just went along with it.

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6 thoughts on “81A5749 finished at last

  1. Hi, I’ve stumbled upon your website in a search for costrels as items which might be sold in a (fictional) Elizabethan market. I know nothing about leather work and wondered if you could advise me whether it would be practical to have someone selling costrels, flasks etc on a stall and offering to engrave initials on them either on the spot, or during the market day to be collected later. Many thanks, Lesley.

    • Hi Lesley, it depends what you mean by “engraving”. There are a few techniques used to decorate costrels but I think incising to order is unlikely. Where letters are encountered scraped into bombards, they are really roughly done (eg Baker, pp123, 174) and were probably done by the owner rather than the maker. Where costrels are decorated, they tend to be painted shields or heraldic devices highlighting details moulded into the leather. The most likely scenario is for a stall to be selling blackjacks and to have initials, devices and a date painted on like the examples here, here, here and here. With the paints that were used, collection would be at least a week later. Punching is unlikely but not impossible (see tomorrow’s post) as it is likely to damage the pitch sealing layer.
      Cheers,

      Wayne

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