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1991.1342 (RS25736)

Description

Pewter gill (1/2 pt.) measure of small baluster shape and straight collar with run-to-shoulder handle terminating in ball, incised band to body, stamped marks on rim, including "GILL" and measure numbering.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1740-1820
Inscriptions
The rim is impressed with the hallmarks, ""GILL""; assorted numbering marks (ex. No. 586); There is a paper label on the bottom underside on which is handwritten: ""1740 to 1820/Belfast/7/6."" (Belfast is indistinct- as are the hallmarks)
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
casting (process)
incising
pewter (tin alloy)
stamping (marking)
tin alloy
Object type
Weights & Measure T&E
Descriptive terms
Cast
casting (process)
Incised
incising
Measure, Liquid
measuring cups
Pewter
pewter (tin alloy)
Stamped
stamping (marking)
tin alloy
Dimensions
3 1/2 x 3 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1342
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3161

Comments

gill measure #

AvatarPosted by david kilroy on March 23, 2016
not a [Irish] "haystack" measure, but a Scottish baluster measure

gill = 1/4 pint (not 1/2 pint)