Illustration (1515) of a gager

Illustration (1515) of a gager

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Caption: Illustration showing a gager at work. The gager (or gauger) was an early type of weights and measures official. His job was to tell people how much a cask or barrel would contain. To this end he used a simple set of measuring rods and a pair of dividers. His job was important because most trade in foodstuffs was conducted by volume, not weight. The illustration comes from the Vysirbuch by J.Kobel dated 1515.

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Keywords: gager, gauger, historical, historical measurement, history of science, mathematical, mathematics, measurement, metrology, weights and measures

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