Lot 862: Sold for £5,400 hammer

Estimate £1,500-£2,000

A set of eleven early Victorian brass alloy Imperial measures, for the County of Cumberland, dated 1857, the bushel with maker's mark Nichol & Fowler, London, all marked with indenture number 1208, to measure a bushel, a half bushel, a peck, a gallon, a half gallon, a quart, a pint, a half-pint, a gill, a half-gill and a quarter gill (the latter dated 1888 and marked by maker Doyle & Son), with various Exchequer and verification marks, bushel, diameter 49cm x height 23cm, half bushel, diameter 39cm x height 17.5cm, peck, diameter 31cm x height 14cm, gallon, diameter 19.5cm x height 19cm, half gallon, diameter 15.5cm x height 15cm, quart, diameter 12cm x height 14cm, quarter gill diameter 4cm x height 4.5cm. (11)

Footnote:
Previously sold by Cumbria County Council with Bonhams, Chester, The Oak Interior, 18th October 2012, lot 43.
The half and quarter gills in these sets are often later than the other measures, since these two capacities only became a legal requirement in the last half of the 19th century.

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