Coin Weight

 This single coin weight (featuring the draped bust of Queen Anne!) was found on the wreck site. It was used to measure the weight of one gold guinea. Analysis by Watkins-Kenny states, "the weight is made of copper alloy and features the lettering ANNA DEI GRATIA on the bust side and 1 GUINEA W with a crown on the reverse."

Identifier:
QAR1234.001
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Nesting Cups

Several brass-nesting cups are designed to provide exact weights and hold fine powders and gold dust.

Description (physical):

Material: Brass.

Identifier:
QAR473.000
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Fishing Weights

Two types of suspected lead fishing weights have been recovered. There is also the possibility that these weights were used as counter-balances for scales, or plumb bobs for surveying. The second type forms a rolled tube and is more likely to be net sinkers. Forty of these were found in close association on the shipwreck.

Identifier:
QAR1893.000
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Restraining Device

Restraining devices in the form of leg irons are common on ships of the eighteenth century as a means to deal with unruly sailors. Two examples of leg irons, also called shackles or bilboes, have been recovered from the QAR site so far. One shackle was identified via X-radiography and still remains in concretion. The second has been cleaned and exhibits cord wrapping in a manner as those recovered from the wrecked slave ship Henrietta Marie. The wrapping may have helped protect the legs of the ship's enslaved human cargo.

Identifier:
QAR366.079
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Mortar & Pestle

A brass apothecary mortar and pestle have been recovered from the site and would have been an integral part of the surgeon's kit. This set would have been used to grind ingredients for medicinal purposes.

Identifier:
QAR714.000, QAR2310.000
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Syringe

Urethral syringe (length 6.3 in.) with its curved funnel tip was used to administer mercury for the treatment of venereal diseases. Analysis of the residue recovered from the interior of the syringe does in fact show a low concentration of mercury. The ring on the plunger of the syringe features a mark consisting of the letter P below inter-locked rings and a crown. A second mark is indecipherable but looks something like the letter P beneath two sets of columns and a crown.

Description (physical):

L: 6.3".

Identifier:
QAR308.001
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Surveying Sight

A brass sight for a surveying device was found 3 ft. from the pivotal mount, and the two pieces may have came from the same instrument. The sight (height 6 in.) is slotted twice for rough and pinpoint aiming, and the larger slot (1.8 x 0.4in.) is bracketed by two holes that would have held a crosshair. A setscrew attaches the sight to an index that is broken at a threaded fastener hole. When intact, the index would have held a second sight with opposing slots.

Description (physical):

Material: Brass. H: 6".

Identifier:
QAR307.000
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Whetstone

A rectangular sandstone whetstone (4.2 x 1.5 x 0.6 inch) exhibits considerable usage patterns along the edges. This artifact may have been used to sharpen cutlasses, knives, boarding axes, or other edged weapons and tools.

Description (physical):

Material: Sandstone. L: 4.2", W: 1.5", H: 0.6".

Identifier:
QAR327.001
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Gunner's Bar

A brass bar with logarithmic scales on three of its four faces features decorative finials on either end. This lone representative has been identified as gunner's bar or tally stick that would have been used to calculate shot and bore diameters.

Identifier:
QAR309.001
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge

Side Plate

A brass side plate, fashioned in a serpent motif was recovered from the concretion containing Cannon 4. "Serpent sideplates" are well documented in the archaeological record and were common on firearms throughout the 18th century.

Identifier:
QAR366.010
Institution:
Queen Anne's Revenge