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000-100-103-514-C
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Measure

This pewter measure for an Imperial gill was made around 1820 by William Scott, a pewterer based in Edinburgh's West Bow.

The pear-shaped measure has a domed lid. On the rim, the measure has excise marks for Edinburgh. 'W. Scott Edinr' is inscribed inside the lid, while scratched on the bottom are the initials of a former owner, 'H.R.' A copper boss featuring a castle and a lion has been added to the top of the lid.

There were at least two pewterers called William Scott working in the West Bow in Edinburgh in the late 18th and early 19th century.


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Online ID: 000-100-103-514-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MET 87
Date: Around 1820
c. 1820
Material: Pewter, copper boss. Inscription: Inside lid: W. Scott Edinr; on rim: CO ED 1838 / GILL; on bottom: HR; boss: castle and lion passant
Dimensions: 3.50" H
What: Measure / gill, Imperial
Subject: Pewter (NMAS Classification)
Who: William Scott, Edinburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
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Description: Pear-shaped pewter measure of Edinburgh type with a domed lid, for an Imperial gill, marked inside the lid `W. Scott, Edinr.', with an added copper boss, c. 1820
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