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British Royal Navy Marked 1/2 Pint Copper Lipped Measure in Dispensing the Rum and Grog to the Enlisted Sailors in the Time Honored Tradition. Has the Weight & Measure Stamp on the Lead Mark Located on the Lip of the Measure. Also has the Broad Arrow or "Crows Foot" Stamp Indicating Government Property In Service. All Copper, Riveted Handle, Inside Tinned. Lipped Measure #02


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british royal navy rum grog lipped measure and funnel aboard an unknown WWII British Royal Navy Submarine

Photo to the left shows a lipped measure and copper funnel being used to dole out the grog aboard an unknown WWII British Royal Navy Submarine!

There are eight lipped measures in a complete set just like the "round" measures or cup: from 1 Gallon, 1/2 Gallon, 1 Quart, 1 Pint, 1/2 Pint, 1.5 Gill, 1 Gill and 1/2 or Half Gill.

There were literally thousands and thousands of these copper lipped measures made in the UK during the 19th and early part of the 20th century and were used mostly by the general populace, small shops and taverns dispensing grain and liquids. Because of widespread thievery and no standards to speak of, during the early part of the 19th century all "lipped measures" and measures in general were required to be inspected, tested, and checked for accuracy by "the Crown" at which time they were given an inspection stamp on the "glob" of lead found just inside of the lip!

However lipped measures made and used specifically by the British Royal Navy are rare, very rare, and hard to find!!! To Distinguish Lipped Measures made specifically for the Royal Navy an additional "arsenal stamp" was used consisting of a broad arrow or "crows foot" was stamped onto the measure, usually on the base. Later in the 20th century instead of a stamped Arrow they were stamped with an inventory control number. It's been said that for small vessels only these lipped measures were used to measure out the rum to make the grog, and then used again to dole out the grog to the enlisted crew. On larger ships these lipped measures were used to measure out the rum to make the grog, while the "round" coppper measures were used to dole out the grog.

How the Time Honored Traditional Ceremony was Performed: 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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Authentic 19th C British Royal Navy 1/2 or Half Pint Lipped Measure, Rum or Grog Cup
Marked 1/2 Pint Copper Lipped Measure used by the British Royal Navy to Measure and Dispense the Rum and Grog to the Enlisted Sailors in the Time Honored Tradition. Has the Lead Weight & Measure Stamp on the edge of the lip. Also has the Broad Arrow or "Crows Foot" Stamp Indicating Government Property In Service. All Copper, Riveted Handle, Inside Tinned.
 
british royal navy rum cup or rum measure half pint 19th century w Broad Arrow
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Half Pint or 1/2 Pint
Lipped Measure #02
 
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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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