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Colony Standard Weights acquired by the National Trust

The National Trust has taken possession of a large set of Standard Weights that had laid hidden away in the Treasury for decades.

The purpose of this set of weights and measures was to ensure that all the proprietors of St Vincent were using equal measurements. The set contains weights from 1/2 oz to 112lbs, measures of pints and gallons and three huge containers representing 1/4, 1/2 and 1 bushel, used for dry commodities such as grain.

The weights were cast in 1886 and are believed to be made of copper coated in brass. The set, which was transported from England in heavy wooden boxes with brass plaques marked "St Vincent Standard Weights and Measures," was procured by a company called V & R Blakemore & Co., a business owned by two brothers with offices in the City of London and Birmingham. Villiers and Ramsay Blakemore supplied the Standard Weights to Barbados eight years before they did so for St Vincent.

The National Trust has sensitively restored and cleaned the weights and measures. It has also given the boxes some much needed TLC and hopes to have the collection on display soon.

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