Quarter Gill Measure

Quarter Gill Measure

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Lidless bulbous or bellied measure with a beaded, galleried rim and cast circular flared foot; quarter gill size. Two pairs of thick and thin scored lines around shoulder. Tapered, S-scroll handle with incurved thumbrest and lower pointed terminal with oval attachment at seam. Front of body is stamped "1/4 GILL" in incuse sans serif letters. Rim front has crowned "ER" verification mark for Birmingham ("6") and an unidentified "L"-shaped mark. Bottom interior with diamond, Y-in-triangle and X maker's mark.
Gaskell & Chambers was established circa 1892 in Birmingham, England; manufacturer of metal bar and drink dispensing equipment (pewter, copper, etc.). They likely made these measures using molds originally owned by James Yates (working under his own name, 1860-1891). Although Gaskell & Chambers did not intend to deceive, their measures have been sold as or faked to be by Yates.
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United Kingdom: England, Birmingham, Birmingham
Physical Description
pewter (overall material)
overall: 2 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in; 5.08 cm x 6.35 cm x 4.1275 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Constance Dwan Wylie (Walker Gill Wylie Collection)
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Domestic Furnishings
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National Museum of American History
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