Antique English Copper Ale Beer Measure Half Pint

Antique English Copper Ale Beer Measure Half Pint

This measure was purchased in London in September 1956 and came from my father's estate. He was a world traveler and avid collector of antiques.

A classic, English copper ale measure. This is a utilitarian piece that was at one time used to measure and dispense ale. It is typical of the shape from the mid-1800s. The "1/2 PINT" size is clearly stamped on the front of the body in alignment with the spout. The full-belly shape is nipped at the low waist and then flares outward to the base. The upper portion flares outward at the top w ale would have been poured into and dispensed out of. A sturdy, hollow handle attaches at the back of the flared neck with two flattened connectors and terminates in a point at the mid-line with one flattened connector. The underside is flat and shows the welding of a flat bottom disk to the body. Based on the internal depth of the measure - 2-3/4 inches - t is empty space between the waist and the bottom. When shaken t is a faint rattle of a small piece inside, though I cannot discern what it is. Perhaps a bit of solder? As evidenced by the two vertical dents above the waistline, and a few dimples elsew, this measure has seen use over the ages. Nevertheless, it is still an attractive piece for display...or use by a home brewer to lend
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