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Postcard of Measure.
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This pewter measure for a 'chopin' (half a Scots pint) dates from the early 18th century. It was made by Alex Coulthard, an Edinburgh pewterer who was admitted into the Incorporation of Hammermen of Edinburgh in 1708. The shape of the measure is known as a 'Tappit Hen'.

Pewter tappit hen chopin measure, uncrested type, with the original owner's initials on the lid and maker's mark on the lip near the handle, by Alex Coulthard, early 18th century

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: 000-100-104-464-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1945.4592
Date: Early 18th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: Lid: [original owner's initials]; lip near handle: a three-towered castle with initial and date [Alex Coulthard 1708]
Dimensions: 235 mm H
What: Measure / chopin / tappit hen
Who: Alex Coulthard (Maker)
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