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This pewter measure for a Scots 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 an 1869 excise mark and is inscribed 'Two glass' (equivalent to 1 gill Scots) on top of the lid. It has no maker's mark.

Pear-shaped pewter measure of Glasgow type with single domed lid, a two glass measure equal to one gill Scots, no maker's marks, with 1869 excise mark, 1800 - 1850

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: 000-100-103-511-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 80
Date: 1800 - 1850
First half of the 19th century
Material: Pewter. Inscription: On lid: Two Glass; 1869 excise mark
Dimensions: 3.70" H
What: Measure / gill, Scots
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
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