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American Pewter Half-Pint Baluster Measure, Marked A, ca. 1760-1804

A half-pint baluster measure, stamped 'A' to the left of the handle juncture.  

Found often in New York and New England, measures marked 'A' had been postulated to stand for New Amsterdam,
the original Dutch name for New York before the British took over, or possibly the 'A' would indicate Albany. More
recent scholarly research suggests, according to NY government regulation, the 'A" means "Assize" (or standard
measurement). The regulations were changed in 1804, indicating that most, if not all, pewter 'A' measures are 18th
century.

Measures were utilitarian and used frequently, but this measure is in excellent condition.  Standing 4-1/16' tall to the
rim, this measure has a bit wider flaring base, creating a sense of stability, that not only was functional but gives it a
slightly more squat impression.  The measure is solid and of heavier cast metal. The base is 2-3/4" and the top
diameter is 2-9/16".

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American Pewter Half-Pint Baluster Measure, Marked A, ca. 1760-1804
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