Liquid Measure


Theophilus A. Seraphin (1881-1976), an inspector of weights and measures in Philadelphia, established the Seraphin Test Measure Co. in 1915. This instrument came from National Bureau of Standards. The word “SERAPHIN” is embossed on the tank. The inscription on the metal plate behind the indicator tube reads “SERAPHIN TEST MEASURE CO. / PHILADELPHIA / 5 GALLONS TO ZERO.”

Ref: Theophilus A. Seraphin, “Field Standard for Testing Liquid-Measuring Devices,” U.S. Patent 1,277,760 (Sept. 3, 1918).

F. J. Schlink, “Liquid Measuring Pumps,” Technologic Papers of the Bureau of Standards 81 (1917).

Maker: Seraphin CompanySeraphin Test Measure Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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Credit Line: Transfer from U.S. Department of Commerce

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.330323Catalog Number: 330323Accession Number: 1978.0483

Object Name: Five Gallon Test Measure, Liquid

Measurements: indicator tube: 12.5 mm; x 1/2 inoverall: 56 cm x 28 cm; 22 1/16 in x 11 inoverall: 22 3/8 in x 11 1/2 in; 56.8325 cm x 29.21 cm


Record Id: nmah_2598

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