Pirate Sign (Mary Read)
Pirate Sign (Mary Read)
Pirate Sign (Mary Read)
Pirate Sign (Mary Read)
Pirate Sign (Mary Read)
Pirate Sign (Mary Read)
Pirate Sign (Mary Read)

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The figure of a female pirate wears a nautical hat and long dress which emphasises her bare breasts while she rests one hand on a swelling stomach under what may well be a sheath(?) or cutlass. The attributes and appearance suggest that this is Mary Read, the most famous female pirate in the early 18th century. Women pirates were reputed to fight bare breasted to distract their opponents.

Pirate Sign (Mary Read)


early 18th C




H 200 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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The 'Earle Arms' Public House


The 'Earle Arms' Public House

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Located at

The 'Earle Arms', The Street, Heydon

NR11 6RQ

Located to the left of the entrance on the upper floor level.