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Liquid Measure

Liquid Measure

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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).
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Object Name
Five Gallon Test Measure, Liquid
Seraphin Company
Seraphin Test Measure Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
indicator tube: 12.5 mm; x 1/2 in
overall: 56 cm x 28 cm; 22 1/16 in x 11 in
overall: 22 3/8 in x 11 1/2 in; 56.8325 cm x 29.21 cm
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Credit Line
Transfer from U.S. Department of Commerce
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