Twenty litre (approx.) cylindrical container in wood with iron reinforcements. Like all “certified” measuring vessels it bears an official stamp (in this case a crown and a series of numbers and letters). Inside a small block of wood has been fixed to the base. This was essentially a trick for subtracting volume from the agricultural product that would have been measured. Known as the “quarta” this unit of measurement was widely used in the commercialization of olives on the western side of the Ligurian coast. Commonly employed in determining the amount of olives to bring to the press, it was far more common in rural areas than a scale.
The form of the majority of the nails in this piece lead us to believe that it dates from the late 1700s to the early 1800s. Not all of the nails are from the same period, but they are all quite old.
Some traces of worming, particularly to the base.
Height 22 cm
Diameter 35 cm
Circumference 107 cm