Bronze Exchequer standard gallon measure, c 1495, and litre measure.

 
Bronze Exchequer standard gallon measure, c 1495, and litre measure.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

The reigns of the Tudor monarchs in the late 15th and 16th centuries witnesed rapid economic growth, necesitating the establishment of standard weights and measures. Under Henry VII (1457-1509) new Exchequer standards of weight, length and capacity were made and copies were sent to 43 shire towns in England.

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