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Reference numberMOB/063
LevelItem
TitleBritish Standard Pound
ArtistTroughton & Simms
Date1853
DescriptionOfficial Parliamentary copy of the Standard Pound as defined by the 1824 Weights and Measures Act, contained within a glass case and brass outer case. Pound inscribed 'No 2 PC 1844', case inscribed 'STANDARD POUND 1853'.
Extent1 artefact
FormatScientific Instrument
MaterialsWood, brass
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceIn 1843 the original British Standard Pound was destroyed in a fire at the Palace of Westminster. Parliament Commissioned the Restoration of this Standard and the Society advised, even offering their copy of the original British Standard Pound to work from. In 1853 this new copy was deposited with the Society by George Biddell Airy FRS who, as the then Astronomer Royal, had been working closely on the Commission.
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
URLhttps://pictures.royalsociety.org/image-rs-8478
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA8035Airy; Sir; George Biddell (1801 - 1892); astronomer and mathematician1801 - 1892
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