U.S. Standard Liter

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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 one liter. A mark on the front reads: U.S. (/) LITRE (/) No.46.
The standard was transferred to the Smithsonian by the U.S. National Bureau of Standards, the successor of the Office of Weights and Measures.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1870
United States Office of Weights and Measures
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 7 1/16 in x 4 1/2 in; 17.93875 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Transfer from U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Standards
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Measuring & Mapping
Metric System
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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