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Postcard of Measure.
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This pewter measure for an Imperial half gill dates from the first half of the 19th century. It is a Glasgow-type of measure, pear-shaped, with a domed lid. It has no maker's mark.

The measure has excise marks on the rim for Perth Town and County. On the top of the lid it is marked with a crown and 'Imperial 1826'.

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: 000-100-001-245-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 79
Date: 1826
First half of the 19th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: On lid: crown / Imperial 1826; on rim: GR and crowned eagle / Per.CO / PER.CO under a crown
Dimensions: 3.30" H
What: Measure / gill, half, Imperial
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Scotland, Perthshire, Perth
Description: Pear-shaped pewter measure of Glasgow type with single domed lid, for an Imperial half gill, with Perth Town and County excise marks, no maker's marks, with `Imperial 1826' on top of the lid
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