Category: Weights and Measures

Key References:

The Weights and Measures of England. R.D. Connor. Pub. HMSO. 1987. ISBN 0 11 290435 1.
Weights and Measures of the City of Winchester. M. Stevenson. Pub. Winchester City Council. (booklet) Winchester Museums Service. (no date)
Handbook of Old Weighing Instruments. M.A. Crawforth. Pub International Society of Antique Scale Collectors. 2004.
Finlay, M., 1995. Some North country bushel measures and their use. JAMS Vol 3.
Medieval Catalogue, Part 3. P Saunders. Pub. Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum. ISBN. 0 947535 21 7. (no date)
Marks and Marking of Weights and Measures of the British Isles. C. Ricketts and J. Douglas. 1996. Pub. C. Ricketts. ISBN. 0 9528533 0 2.
Verification Marks on Weights. N. Biggs. Pub. White Horse.1996. ISBN.1 898310 03 3.
Deeley, R., 2011. The Cauldron, the Spit and the Fire. Gold Cockerel Books.
Crawforth-Hitchens, D., 2003. Bronze shield-shaped weights. JAMS Vol 11.
Patterson, A., 2007. Asante gold weights. JAMS Vol 15.

Brass Chain Measure

Material: Brass Dimensions: Length: 45cm / 18in Place of Origin: England Date: Probably first half of the 18th century Maker or Retailer: Probable maker’s mark crowned GH (unidentified) Present Location: Private collection Explanation: This...

Irish Circumferentor

Material: Copper alloy Dimensions: Diameter: 16.4cm / 6 ½in Place of Origin: Dublin, Ireland Date: Dated 1797 Maker or Retailer: Walker, Dublin Present Location: National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks, Dublin) Explanation: This device, known as a circumferentor, was used...

The Sandwich Steelyard Weight or Poise

Submitted by, and copyright of, Michael Finlay. Material: See main text Dimensions: Height: 12cm / 4 ¾in Place of Origin: Unknown Date: 14th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Sandwich Museum Explanation: Materials (analysis by X-ray spectrometry): Copper:  84.40%...

Half-bushel Measure

Submitted by, and copyright of, Michael Finlay. Material: Bronze Dimensions: Height: / 7 in high, Internal diameter: 36.5cm / 14.25in Place of Origin: UK, precise origin uncertain Date: Dated 1662 Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation:...

Irish Harvester measure

Material: Copper Dimensions: Height: 22.9cm / 9in, Base diameter: 17.1cm / 6 ¾in Place of Origin: Cork, Ireland Date: Late 18th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: This rare copper sheet haystack measure was made in...

Pair of 16th Century Nesting Weights

Material: Brass (Cu 82-85%, Zn 11-15%, Pb 1.5-3%) Dimensions: 1. Dia at lid 5.0cm, height to rim 3.0cm. 2. Dia at lid 4.0cm, height to rim 2.2cm Place of Origin: Believed to be Nuremburg Date: 1545 – 1560...

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