Wine measures, about 1800. Museum no. 550 & A

Wine measures, about 1800. Museum no. 550 & A

Wine measures
France
About 1800
Pewter
Museum no. 550 & A, B, E-1926
Bequeathed by Lt. Col.G.B. Croft Lyons

Measures

Measures were used to draw wine, ale or spirits from the barrel for either sale or consumption. It was important that the capacity of measures was accurately determined and indicated in order to prevent fraud. Measures were usually stamped with marks proving that their capacity had been checked by an appointed inspector.