A Conversation for Chemistry of the Group 11 Elements - Copper, Silver and Gold

Mary Rose arrows

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BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Just been watching a documentary on the Mary Rose (Henry VIII's favourite warship) in which they said that the arrow heads and flights were attached using a cooper-rich glue. This was probably verdigris and would've been used to deter rats and mice from gnawing away at the whipped fletchings - a wise precaution onboard a ship!. There is also the possibility that it was added to the varnish to indicate that they were 'livery arrowsa' i.e. the King's property.

Mary Rose arrows

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Medieval fletchers used hide glue kept in copper glue pots. They probably did not throw the glue away and use fresh glue every day. Over time the glue would turn green as it was brushed onto the thread holding down the fletches. I found this out from a luthier who uses hide glue to make guitars and uses a copper pot to hold his glue. They were not using verdigris to deter rats. Likely the fletcher didn't know the glue he was using was toxic.

Mary Rose arrows

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lil ~ Auntie Giggles with added login ~ returned

Welcome to h2g2, Paul. I have left you a message in your Personal Space, hopefully it will help you find your way around our wonderful site! smiley - ok

lil x

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