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Postcard of Measure.
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This pewter measure for an Imperial quarter-gill dates from the first half of the 19th century. It is a Glasgow-type of measure, pear-shaped, with a domed lid. It is marked on the outside of the lid with a crown and 'Imperial 1/4 gill.' There is no maker's mark.

Pear-shaped pewter measure of Glasgow type with a single domed lid, for an Imperial quarter gill, no maker's marks

Pewter was commonly used for measures and drinking vessels as it was both fairly cheap and strong enough to stand up to to the rigours of tavern life.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-247-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 86
Date: First half of the 19th century
Mid 19th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: On lid: crown / Imperial 1/4 gill
Dimensions: 2.35" H
What: Measure / gill, quarter, Imperial
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
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