Measures were available in all shapes and sizes. Usually,
but not always, their sides were tapered with the diameter at
the top of the body being smaller than the diameter at the bottom.
Sizes ranged from one-half gill (one gill equals four liquid
ounces or one-half cup) to two gallons. Old trade books such
as Mechanics Calculator and Tinsmiths Guide by Thomas Quantrill
(1847), list specific dimensions for measures of various capacities.
These dimensions often varied from one reference to another resulting
in measures of different proportions for a given size. Many measures
were made from tinplate and enamelware, while some were made
from copper and brass.
Measures were made with and without a pouring lip
in all likelihood those without a lip for dry measure. Pouring
lips were usually wider at the point opposite the handle; some
lips wrapped completely around the top of the measure while many
encompassed about three-quarters of the tops circumference.
The pouring lips of most tin measures were made of tinplate,
although some were made of copper, thus giving the measure a
unique and stylish appearance.
Old ledgers show prices for measures in the mid-1800s ranging
from eight cents for a pint measure to fifty cents for a gallon
measure. Those same measures, listed in an 1895 Montgomery Ward
& Co. catalog sold for four cents and sixteen cents respectively.
In the late 1800s enamelware and aluminum measures averaged five
and ten times the cost of tin measures.
These measures are available individually and in sets of
four. The sizes available are: one-half gill (one-quarter cup),
gill (one-half cup), half-pint (cup), and one pint (two cups).
All are soldered with lead-free solder and can be used safely.
The one-half pint liquid
measure is an authentic reproduction; the other measures in both
sets are sized and proportioned from this original piece.
||Dry Measure Set
||Dry Measure half-gill 1 ¾Dia
x 1 ¾H
||Dry Measure gill 2 ¼Dia
||Dry Measure half-pint 2 ¾Dia
||Dry Measure pint 3 ½Dia
x 3 ½H
||Liquid Measure Set
||Liquid Measure half-gill 1 ¾Dia
x 1 ¾H
||Liquid Measure gill 2 ¼Dia
||Liquid Measure half-pint 2 ¾Dia
||Liquid Measure pint 3 ½Dia
x 3 ½H