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Case, containing hydrometer

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This wooden case contains a Sikes hydrometer, an instrument used to measure the density of a liquid and thus its alcohol content for taxation purposes, at a given temperature. The hydrometer was sold by James Urquhart of Dundee.

The ivory plate on the case reads 'SIKES HYDROMETER/ JAMES URQUHART/ BALTIC ST/ DUNDEE'.

The Sikes hydrometer is named after its designer Bartholomew Sikes (1731-1803). Sikes won a competition held to find the best hydrometer design.

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