In 1545 Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose sank off the coast of England during the Battle of The Solent, taking with it over 130 military bows and more than 3000 arrows. These were recovered in stunning condition in the 1980s, and have since been the subject of countless examinations, tests and reproductions.
The Mary Rose arrow that I offer as a reproduction is made to exact measurements taken myself, from the length and thickness of the horn insert to the subtle profile changes along the length of the arrowshaft to the colour and thickness of the fletching compound.
The arrowhead fitted to the Mary Rose arrow is a brazed M3 copied from the Holm Hill excavation, as the Mary Rose heads were barbed but none survive in good enough condition to copy accurately, while the wooden cones that would have fitted into the arrowshafts showed evidence of copper, synonymous with extant arrowshafts with brazed heads still in situ.
Dating - 1545
Arrowhead - Brazed Jessop M3 (Holm Hill SF1)
Arrowshaft timber - Poplar
Arrowshaft profile - Mary Rose 80A764/158
Original draw length - 802mm (31.6")
Nock - Tapered horn insert
Bindings - Silk
Glue - wax, fat and copper verdigris compound
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