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This pewter measure for half a 'mutchkin' (a quarter Scots pint) dates from the late 18th century. It has no maker's marks.

The baluster measure has a flat lid, an S-scroll handle and an 'embryo shell' thumb-piece. The top of the lid is inscribed 'J.G.', the bottom of the measure, 'I.G. 1826'. The initials are those of former owners.

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: 000-100-103-502-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 67
Date: Late 18th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: Top of lid: J.G.; bottom: I.G. 1826 [faint]
Dimensions: 3.65" H
What: Measure / mutchkin, half
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Description: Pewter baluster half mutchkin measure with embryo shell thumb-piece, initialled `J.G.' on top of the lid, with `I.G. 1826' on the bottom, late 18th century
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