Exchequer standard gallon measure of King Henry VII, 1495-1497

1497 in England and London

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Bronze Exchequer Standard Winchester Gallon Measure, one of a series issued to 60 cities in England during the reign of Henry VII between 1497 and 1509.

Winchester gallon volume measure made between 1497-1509 at the command of Henry VII, King of England (1485-1509) as primary standard for England. Copies of these Exchequer standards were issued to boroughs throughout England to encourage and enforce fair trade in commerce. The standard was not a success and was superseded by a more accurate length standard produced during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I around 1588.

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bronze, complete
volume standards
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