Dutch Color Standards

Dutch Color Standards

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The Dutch Standard, designed to determine where a sugar sample stood on the continuum from raw to refined, was a set of glass jars filled with different sugars. Each jar was numbered, and the lower the number, the rawer the sugar. Because the color of the sugars tended to fade when exposed to light, a new set was released every two years. The Dutch Standard was written into law in 1861 when the U.S. Congress passed "An Act to Increase the Duties on Tea, Coffee, and Sugar." This incomplete set consists of seven standards of 1882 (numbers 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 19 and 20), and two of 1892 (numbers 15 and 19). The paper labels on the former are marked "Hollandsche STANDAARD. UITGAAF 1882." The labels on the latter are marked "MONSTER NHM. Zeven-en-twintigste Uitgave. Ao. 1892."
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color standards
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United States: New Jersey
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Transfer from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Bureau of Standards
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