From the Original table formerly in the Treasury of the King Exchequer at Westminster, and noew preserved in the M.S. Library of the late Earl of Oxford.
Sumptibus Sciet. AntiquariŠ Londini 1746.
Engraving. 610 x 460mm, 24 x 18".
Henry VII's Exchequer, or treasury department, created new standards of measurements for merchants in 1497 and subsequently sent standard weights to 43 English shire towns. This broadsheet was copied from a parchment pasted on an oak table formerly in the Treasury of the Kings Exchequer at Westminster, later in the library of the Earl of Oxford, whose collection of manuscripts became the Harleian Collection of the British Library. It gives definitions of the weights and measures, with some illustrations. Much of the original was written in red ink: according to the note top right the engraver has underlined this text. According to an undated price list, this sheet (published by the Society of Antiquaries whose official engraver was George Vertue) originally cost 2s 6d.
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