Antique Bentwood Oak Dry Measure Inspection Dates 1903-1916

Antique Bentwood Oak Dry Measure Inspection Dates 1903-1916

This antique bentwood piece was made by a cooper to be used by general stores and grain merchants to measure dry goods like corn and oats. These measures were regularly inspected for correct volume for fraud prevention and fair trade and then stamped with the inspection year. This one has inspection dates of 1903, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1916 branded into the wood on either side of the seam, along with the initials W.S., those of the maker or owner. It's 11 inches in diameter, 7 inches tall and weighs a little over 2 pounds.

The typical overlapped seam, which is tight and unbroken, was fastened with 15 nails down its length and the nails have oxidized and darkened the wood around them. The very bottom nail is missing. The bottom of the measure was made in two pieces and they have shrunk slightly from age, creating a slight gap between them, which allows them to move a bit when the measure is shaken; there is also a fine, 2 inch long split in the larger of the pieces. The bottom is firmly secured, however; the interior bottom is spotted with some paint, which we left as is. The measure is sturdy and undamaged, with a lovely warm patina and a single burn mark on one side to mark the day the measure was place too close to the fire. 

This antique wooden measure adds warmth to any interior setting.

© Linda Henrich

1 comment:

  1. Well so nice to see the piece of history and it has some good marks on it to remind the dates. I wonder the bending of the wood but any way thanks for sharing.

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