What seems to have been an overdue clear-out at Monmouth Trading Standards department led to half a dozen lots of imperial weights and measures being consigned to Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Terence Ryle
The firm had held successful sales of similar consignments from Solihull and Gloucester.
Best of the weights was the set of nine early 19th century bronze vessels graded from one bushel to one gill. Each was marked County of Monmouth 1825 and bore cancelled royal ciphers for George IV and Victoria. The set, estimated at £1000-2000, sold to a collector at £6000.
From a century later was a set of six Monmouthshire County Council ‘chekpump’ petrol measures, housed in the two large carrying boxes officials would take to garages to ensure motorists were getting full measure.
Graded from five gallons to one half a gallon, this set by Gaskell & Chambers doubled the mid-estimate in selling at £1600.