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RARE Early Construction! Unpolished 1 Quart British Royal Navy Rum Cup or Navy Rum Measure or Grog Measure as the British Call It, early/mid 19th Century (1837-1850s) - Arsenal Marks and Measures Have Been Polished Off. Riveted Handle, Inside Tinned but Mostly gone, Two Part Early Cup Construction, See Photos. #15

The authenticity shows in the British Government Approved construction and Royal Navy specifications of this 1 Quart Navy Rum Cup or Naval Grog Measure is seen by the folded over copper handle "squarishly" dovetailed at the inside rear seam and then riveted to the body of the cup.

Additionally but MOST importantly in determining its early-mid 19th Century Victorian provenance is the two-part construction of the base cup itself. The rounded sides and the bottom were of two pieces and hammered/soldered together to make a tight, durable and leak-proof fit (see photo below). This type of cup construction was only found in the very earliest of Rum Cup and Grog Measures models found only in the Victorian era 1840-1860s. There has been an ancient repair to the rear seam of this measure as can be seen in the photographs
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There are seven (possibly eight) measures in a set: from 1 Gallon, 1/2 Gallon, 1 Quart, 1 Pint, 1/2 Pint, 1.5 Gill, 1 Gill and 1/2 or Half Gill . A Rum Bosun from each mess would come to collect the grog ration for his mess - each man entitled to 1 and 1/2 gill s of grog. A pint measure holds 8 x 1/2 gills, and obviously a 1/2 gill measure is a half gill

Each crewman was entitled to draw 1 1/2 Gills of grog per call. So if the Rum Bosun's mess contained 6 individuals that were entitled to 'draw the tot', then that is 6 x 1 and 1/2 gills of grog, equalling 9 half gill s of grog. The Rum Bosun would then receive a 1 pint measure and 1/2 gill measure which would be dipped into the 'grog tub' and then poured into his "rum fanny" to be brought back and served to his mess mates.

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Above shows the British Royal Navy 1 Quart Grog or Rum Measure Available For Sale. Note the standard construction of the handle and the ancient repair on the rear of the cup where the hammered welded seams are located. Early-Mid 19th century Victorian era provenance.

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Above is the bottom of the 1 Quart Grog Measure showing the seams and how the two pieces of the cup were hand hammered/soldered together to make a single, durable, water tight cup.

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Above photos show the 1 Quart Grog Measure along with the smaller 1 Pint and 1/2 gill measures for comparison.

Very early-mid 19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian Era 1 Quart Rum Cup or Grog Measure, #15
This 1 Quart Grog Copper Measure is very early-mid 19th century and manufactured to Royal Navy specifications and is tinned on the inside. Over the Years the Weights and Measures Along with the Royal Victorian Cipher Has Been Largely Polished Off. There has been a repair to this measure along the rear seam where the handle is secured onto the cup. Very RARE Two part handcrafted cup construction ensures early manufacture clearly showing side and bottom seams which were hammer welded!
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Because of heritage and lineage the US Navy imitated and mirror imaged much of both equipment and traditions as found in the British Royal Navy. As such the American Navy also had "Measures" in blue speckled graniteware but only five, from the largest 1 Gallon to 1 gill unit measure. The US Navy equivalent "Measures" can be found by By Clicking Here - US Navy Measures.

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