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

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

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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 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
volumetric measure, u.s. standard metric decalitre
date made
ca 1870
maker
United States Office of Weights and Measures
place made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9 5/8 in x 13 in x 10 11/16 in; 24.4475 cm x 33.02 cm x 27.1145 cm
ID Number
CH.309584
catalog number
309584
accession number
103830
Credit Line
Transfer from U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Standards
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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