U.S. Standard Decalitre (Ten Liters, a Metric Volumetric Measure)

After the1866 legalization of metric units of measure in the United States, the Office of Weights and Measures prepared standard metric weights and measures for distribution to the states. This brass cylinder holds ten liters or one decaliter. The stamp on the front reads: U.S. (/)DECALITRE (/) No.35. It was transferred to the Smithsonian by the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, the successor of the Office of Weights and Measures.
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Object Name
volumetric measure, U.S. standard metric decalitre
volumetric measure, u.s. standard metric decalitre
date made
ca 1870
United States Office of Weights and Measures
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 9 5/8 in x 13 in x 10 11/16 in; 24.4475 cm x 33.02 cm x 27.1145 cm
overall: 9 5/8 in x 13 in x 10 1/2 in; 24.4475 cm x 33.02 cm x 26.67 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia
ID Number
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Measuring & Mapping
Metric System
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer from U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Standards
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