Very Rare Antique Proof Spirits Beads Charles Gerletti Glasgow 1835 Whisky Rum For Sale
THIS ITEM IS SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
This is very rare survivor from the first half of the nineteenth century. Contained in a beautifully turned and patinated mahogany box are 12 spirit beads. An ingenious piece of scientific glassmaking, these were designed to test whether spirits contained the correct level of alcohol or their 'Proof.' These were made by Charles Gerletti of Glasgow who is listed as making other instruments such as barometers and we can date these quite precisely to the period of 1834 - 1839 at which point he moves from the 145 Saltmarket address (shown on the label) to Cambridge Street. The label inside the lid reads in full 'Charles Gerletti - 145, Saltmarket, Glasgow - Mathematical Instrument Maker - For Proof Spirits - If it is Proof, the Bead will sink to the Bottom.' It then goes on to list the numbers which correspond to engraved numbers on the beads and which drink each is used to test e.g. 'Double Whisky.' The box and all of the beads are in excellent condition despite their fragile nature and this is worthy of any collection/museum in the scientific instrument / breweriana field. It is being sold WITHOUT RESERVE and with a 99p start price. Please do look at my other items as I will combine postage charges etc (see delivery below).offer now to avoid disappointment.
Approximately 3 inches (76mm) Diameter and 1.5 inches (38mm) high.
Please note that this is an antique item which is 185 years old. It is in excellent condition with just some discoloration to the label where the original glue has seeped through the parchment. Please refer to the photographs and do not hesitate to emailif you haveany questionsprior to offerding.
The delivery prices quoted are for 'signed for' services. I will also combine deliveries should you purchase more than one item to keep your costs down.Ido not make any money on postage and packing and regularly subsidize the cost to provide a better level of service.
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