Exchequer standard yard of Queen Elizabeth I, 1588

Made:
1588 in England and London
Middle 1931-1017: Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, dated 1601.  One of a series issued to 60 cities Middle 1931-1017: Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, dated 1601.  One of a series issued to 60 cities Right 1931-1017: Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, dated 1601.  One of a series issued to 60 cities

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Middle 1931-1017: Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, dated 1601. One of a series issued to 60 cities
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Middle 1931-1017: Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, dated 1601. One of a series issued to 60 cities
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Right 1931-1017: Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, dated 1601. One of a series issued to 60 cities
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Elizabeth's Exchequer "End" standard yard, (rectangular bronze bar, broken and repaired)

This Yard rule was made at the command of Elizabeth, I, Queen of England (1533-1603), to act as an Exchequer standard of length. Copies of the rule were issued to the various boroughs around England to enforce and encourage true measure in trade and commerce. This standard was so successful that it was not superseded until 1824 when new more accurate measures were required by the statute the Imperial Measures Act.

Details

Category:
Weighing & Measuring
Object Number:
1931-985
type:
rules (measuring devices)
credit:
Board of Trade