Measure, Ale

A bulbous one(?) gallon copper ale measure with a question mark shaped handle and the cypher of Queen Victoria impressed on the interior of the lip on a pad of solder. " A " is scratched lightly on the body of the measure. Brazed seams are visible on the body.
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This jug was used during the brewing process by John Newton Johnson who joined Egmont Brewery as a general hand in 1874. Johnson had already some experience in the brewing business. He started his working life as an apprentice cooper with Joseph Ward. His father-in-law to be, John Trigger, by whom Johnson was brought up, owned a brewery upstream from the Egmont Brewery. Johnson was employed here for some years before he joined James Paul's team at Egmont Brewery. He was appointed head brewer in 1902, a position he held until 1921 when he retired.
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