Antique Bermudian Standard Weights 1888

Bermuda, Standard Imperial Weights 1888

This full set of Imperial Standard
Weights were made in Britain in 1888  by V. & R. Blakemore of London for the Colony of Bermuda. The set consists of 11 weights ranging from the 1 ounce up to the 56 pound.  They would have been verified for accuracy and certified as indicated by the various verification marks and the indenture number.

Each weight is engraved with; "Standard Weight", "Bermuda", "1888", "C^A",  "V.& R. Blakemore, London" (the maker), a crown and an indenture serial number 2025.

 Engraved on the handle of each is the
weight designation ( 1, 2, 4, 8 ounces and 1, 2, 4, 7, 14, 28, 56 pounds.  Pictured here is the 56 pound weight.

Verification marks include a stylized crown over VR., and the
Gate' mark dated 1888.   This set of weights would have been used by weights and measures inspectors and would be the standard that weighing apparatuses being used in the trade would have to measure up to. It is likely, given the small size of Bermuda, with a relatively small population, that only one set of standard weights were required.