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Box (detail), for saccharometer

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probably made in Edinburgh

Box (detail), for saccharometer
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This box contains an instrument, known as a saccharometer, used to ascertain the quantity of sugar in liquids, especially the fermenting sugar solution used in brewing known as worts. The saccharometer was made around 1810, probably by Alexander Allan (c. 1761-1839), a scientific instrument maker based in Edinburgh, and devised by Thomas Thomson (1773-1852).

The outside of the box is stamped 'IMPROVED SACCHAROMETER / ALLAN EDINBURGH MAKER./ No 1007'. Thomson, who was a chemistry writer and teacher, and from 1818 Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, devised his saccharometer in 1805 while investigating the relative quantities of malt which could be made from English and Scottish barley. The instrument was so much more accurate than others that it was exclusively used by the Scotch Excise Board between 1805 and 1816.

Legally adopted in 1816, this saccharometer was later rendered illegal by the adoption of R.B. Bate's instrument, used in conjunction with Sikes' Tables.

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