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This pewter measure for an Imperial gill dates from the first half of the 19th century. It is an Aberdeen-type of measure, baluster-shaped, with no lid. It has no maker's mark.

The measure has excise marks for Aberdeen. Pricked on the side are the initials of a former owner, 'WL'.

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: 000-100-103-509-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 76
Date: Early 19th century
First half of the 19th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: On rim: GILL / crown over VR / castle over ABD; on side: WL
Dimensions: 3.35" H
What: Measure / gill, Imperial
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Description: Pewter baluster measure of Aberdeen lidless type for an Imperial gill, with Aberdeen excise mark, no maker's marks, early 19th century
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