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Postcard of Measure.
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This pewter measure dates from around 1750. Originally for a Scots gill, it was converted to an Imperial measure, probably around 1830.

The baluster measure has a handle and a ball thumb-piece. On the bottom, it is stamped '3/4 IMP GILL CO FOR', the excise marks for the County of Forfar.

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: 000-100-103-497-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 60
Date: Around 1750
c. 1750
Material: Pewter. Inscription: On bottom: 3/4 IMP GILL CO FOR
Dimensions: 3.05" H
What: Measure / gill, Scots
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Where: Forfarshire
Description: Pewter baluster measure with ball thumb-piece for a Scots gill, converted to an Imperial measure probably c. 1830, with County of Forfar excise marks, no maker's marks, c. 1750
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