These come straight from my native Holland. Each measure is marked with the size of the contents: ½ liter, 2 deciliter, 1 deciliter, ½ deciliter and 2 centiliter as well as the marks of the measure master. The measure master is the man, who in old times would ensure that a liter served was really a liter and so on. Upon having measured this he would put a stamp in the side of the container, signifying that it was so. Weighing is a centuries old custom, as witnessed in several buildings, still in existence today that were used just for measuring. Anyone who has ever been to the center of Amsterdam, probably saw the "Waag", now a restaurant, but in the 17th and 18th century a place where merchants had their wares weighed. (waag being Dutch for scale). This all important building is very close to the harbor, where all the merchant ships brought in their wares. These measures all bear the stamps of the measure master and are marked in the bottom with a pewter stamp. The tallest of the measures is 61/2" tall and 3" in diameter not counting the handle. These are great decorating pieces and also great conversation pieces.
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