AUSTRIAN OFFICIAL STANDARD MEASURE, 1777
Stock Number: 8399
For sale, antique brass Austrian standard measure for liquids with a capacity of 1/4 Seitel, an official, pre-metric measure. The maker was a prominent person in the area from 1772-1786.
3-1/16 tall (8cm)
Country of manufacture
AUSTRIAN OFFICIAL STANDARD MEASURE, 1777, stamped (1)777 and with an elaborate crowned double eagle and with twin cross-hatched punches, engraved “Iohan Ferdinand Pachner, K=K, Stadrichter, 1780,” and stamped with a recertification “(1)859, Wien” and a small double eagle. The cylindrical brass vessel measures 3-1/16″ (8 cm) tall by 2-5/16″ (6 cm) base diameter, with shaped base and lip, and decorative turned rings. Condition is fine. This unusual vessel is an official standard for liquid measure, with a capacity of 1/4 Seitel, the Seitel, at about 0.354 liter, being 1/4 of the Mass, the principal pre-metric volume measure in Austria. It was made in 1777 for the important old town of Steyr, in Upper Austria, where Johann Pachner served as city judge from 1772 to 1781, then as mayor from 1782 to 1786.
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at email@example.com.