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About This Object
Light brown wooden tally stick with markings ‘XXIIII’. One end curved, one end flat with deep notches at either side of flat end.

Items of equipment in store were often identified by means of a tally. Tallies were usually made of wooden offcuts, perhaps of pine, oak or hazel wood. A pair of carved notches oppose each other towards one end of the stick. This deliberate narrowing and shaping is suggestive of being used to hold a line firmly in place so that it would not become displaced and slip off when the tally is tied to something. This tally was found tied to a bag of gun wads. The number 24 is carved along its length in numerals and is the size of the gun for which these wads were made, i.e. one of Invincible’s, 24 pounder cannons.
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Height: 123mm
Width: 15mm
Depth: 10mm (3/8")
Production Date
Pre 1758
Production Period
Eighteenth Century