View of an Exeter coal measure of 1799 (front)

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View of an Exeter coal measure of 1799 (front)

In order to try to ensure that traders sold fair amounts of their goods, measures of fixed size had long been issued by the crown for use in the major English towns. Many were needed, since a variety of traditional measures for different commodities were still in use in Georgian England.

This heavy bronze measure for one peck of coal was cast and engraved in London in 1799. It is one of a set used at Exeter Guildhall which were intended for use in regulating trade in coal.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum