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Mussel Shells


These mussel shells were picked up by Bargrave when visiting "Rochel" [La Rochelle] during one of his journeys. He remarks in his catalogue that "I met with fellows who with beetles and axes and wedges were by the sea-side. I asked them what they were doing and what they meant to cleave those stones. Their answer was,that they worked for a living, and that they were searching for ‘dieules’, that is, for a sort of muscle shell-fish in those stones. I asked them whether that they were good to eat. With that they ate them raw, as one doth an oyster, and I found them good meat, and afterwards sent them to our lodgings; and I saw them several times in the market to be sold, being very good well-relished fish".

Mussel Shells

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