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For Sale and Available - Polished, Beautiful 1 Quart British Royal Navy Rum Cup or Navy Grog Measure as the British Call It, Queen Victoria Royal Cipher Crown over VR6, Broad Arrow Government Property Stamp, mid 19th to mid 20th Century (1837-1940s) - All Copper, Riveted Handle, Inside Tinned, 1 Quart Measure.

The authenticity shows in the Royal Cipher "Crown over VR6" indicating that this was produced and used during the reign of Queen Victoria and was made in Birmingham, England. The "Broad Arrow" stamp indicates that it was British Government In-Service Property. The "Qt" stamp obviously indicates a 1 Quart measure. This Qt stamp appears to be Q4 but this is just a mistamp from a too hard of a manual punch. British Government Approved construction and Royal Navy specifications of this 1 Quart Rum or Grog Measure is seen by the folded over copper handle "squarishly" dovetailed at the inside rear seam and then rivited to the body of the cup. 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 gill s, and obviously a 1/2 gill measure is a half gill

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. This quart measure has the Queen Victoria "Crown over VR6" cipher stamp indicating that it was produced and used during her reign 1837-1901 (VR = Victoria Regia) and the number 6 indicates it was made in Birmingham England 1876 and after. This measure also has a large and clear "Broad Arrow", or sometimes referred to as a crows foot, indicating that it was British Government In-service Property and the ofcourse the stamped Qt for Quart.

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Note the 19th century style scripted font and pitch of the Qt marking.

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Authentic 19th Century British Royal Navy Victorian 1 Quart Rum Cup or Grog Measure
This 1 Quart Grog Measure is properly stamped "Crown over VR6, Broad Arrow, Qt" and manufactured to Royal Navy specifications and is tinned on the inside.
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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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