Tally Stick

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About This Object
This tally stick served an important part in conclusively identifying the wreck as HMS Invincible. On its recovery from the seabed that tally was found to be marked ‘Invincible Flying Jib 26.26 No 6’.Tallies were usually made of wooden offcuts, perhaps of pine, oak or hazel wood. Then they would be either nailed or tied to the object to be marked perhaps as a white label would be used today. It is believed to have been tied to Invincible’s spare jib sail when it was stowed below decks. The sail measured 26 feet by 26 feet.
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Length: 190mm
Width: 34mm
Depth: 6mm (1/4")
Weight: (0.02kg)
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century