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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 11, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
From Estate in New England: Vintage & complete, gorgeous 19th Century Copper Measuring Set from England consisting of seven (7) matching "Haystack" style Farm Measures of heavy gauge copper from the late 1800s. All of these Copper Measures are pitcher style with leaded & dove-tailed side seams, and large pour spouts with matching lead cartouches on one side. The cartouche consists of the numeral "47" plus an illegible heraldic device just above.(See Photos) Additionally, all pitchers are clearly marked on center of front panel (under pour spout) with official "IMPERIAL" marking and the following measures stamped in: "Gallon" ... "1/2 Gallon" ... "Quart" ... "Pint" ... "1/2 Pint" ... "Gill" ... & "1/2 Gill" ... with all seven pieces having single side handles attached to the funnel-like pour spouts, and darkened, concave bottom panels inside rolled/crimped, leaded outer edges.(See Photos) This antique Copper Measuring Set is still in very good overall condition and shows NO unsightly dents, dings, cracks, holes, or other "problems" to the individual pieces, though the "Quart" sized Measure has had the bottom re-leaded at some point in time, and the "Gill" Measure has had the spout bent slightly downward as well. Usual insignificant dings & dents to surface from honest use long ago, of course! The copper handles appear to be made of heavy guage, round stock, with lower ends flattened & riveted to the lead sealed, dove-tail back seams, and the upper ends carefully shaped and lead-soldered directly to the seam at back edge of the pour spouts.(See Photos) Symmetrical, outward flared pitcher bodies all are of the classic "Haystack" style and the Set obviously matches in shape as well as lettering of the stamped-in, capital letter "Imperial" marking on front. Actual weights of these antique Copper Measures are as follows: Gallon = 4 pounds 14 oz. ... 1/2 Gallon = 2 pounds 8 oz. ... Quart = 1 pound 5 oz. ... Pint = 13 oz. ... 1/2 Pint = 8 oz. ... Gill = 5 1/2 oz. ... & 1/2 Gill = 3 1/2 oz. ... giving this Measuring Set a total weight of approx. ten and one half (10 1/2) pounds. Probably produced in the late 1800s for farmstead use in measuring liquids to be sold at country markets or fairs (i.e. milk, cream, beer, wine, ciders, etc) these complete 19th Copper Measuring Sets are quite scarce, with most of the original & matching Sets having been broken up & sold off as individual pieces in the antiques trade. The official "Imperial" markings on front, as well as the "47" cartouche mark, clearly indicates that these Copper Measures were certified for use in commerce and the measurements accurate. All seven of these Copper Measures are clearly stamped & legible still, though we cannot make out the exact heraldic device just above the "47" in the cartouche. Recently purchased at Estate in Maine, these copper beauties are shown just as we got them. We have NOT polished or attempted to clean up this outstanding Copper Measure Set. As far as we are concerned, the great old patina appears to be part & parcel of their charm. (Besides that, we hate to polish metals, especially antique copper, and we'd suggest that you NOT polish these either!) Now ... missing a complete set of antique Copper Measures from your private collection or display case? Looking for or always coveted a set of these vintage Copper Farm Measures for your log cabin or farmstead kitchen or mantle display? Well look no further, 'cause these matched oldies are the real deal, still in very good overall condition, for the astute buyer! NO, it probably doesn't get much better than this antique Copper Measure Set. Vintage & gorgeous, complete 19th Century Copper Measuring Set from England (exactly as shown) is by offered to collectors, aficionados, and other interested parties. Get 'em while you can ...