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Canadian School

Canadian School

Canadian School
November 2016 - 9th Session Online auction

Lot # 713

Canadian School
Canadian

Half Gallon Winchester Measure
brass
on verso inscribed "G.R. Lower Canada 1795" and "Half Gallon Winchester"
6 x 6 2/8 in  15.2 x 15.9cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ontario

The city of Winchester fashioned some of the earliest standardized systems of measurement used throughout the United Kingdom and France in the 18th century. This rare, immaculately preserved example of a Dry Measure Winchester, or Corn Measure, was produced in England for use in pre-confederation Canada to regulate the sales of grains, seeds, salt, spices and flour. To mark its authenticity, the engraving on the side reads “G.R. Lower Canada 1795.” The Latin initials G.R. represent “Georgius Rex” in reference to the contemporaneous British king, George IV. On the reverse, the engraving “Half Gallon Winchester” indicates its capacity and the city that founded this particular system of measurement. There are four different touch marks on the upper rim. In 1795, the government of Lower Canada (now Quebec) ordered four complete sets of weights and measures for the use of the province. Examples of these measures are now held in the Measurement Canada office in Ottawa. Because measures tended to become heavily worn through regular use by inspectors verifying the practices of local tradesmen, the pristine condition of this one is unusual. It is a unique piece of Canadian history, with both functional and aesthetically fascinating attributes.

Estimate: $4,000 ~ $6,000 CAD

Sold For: $8,260.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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