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The Measures Of King Sebastião
The standard of quarta (quarter) of King Sebastião

Padrão de uma quarta de D. Sebastião

This standard of one “quarta” (quarter), in bronze, has a parallelepiped shape and a smooth base. It has two opposing wings, decorated with affronted scrolls and stylized floral motifs.

The piece has a height of 12 cm and each side measures 18.5 cm.

Padrão de uma quarta de D. Sebastião

The Coat of Arms of Portugal (a Latin shield with five escutcheons loaded with five bezants and a border with seven castles, surmounted by a closed royal crown) is engraved on one side. On the opposite side, several inscriptions are engraved:
“R / L V / SEBAS / TIANVS / .I. / .A. .S. / 1575”.

This standard, dated 1575, also has the Lisbon ship engraved, which indicates compliance with the Lisbon standard.

Further information
António Neves: aneves@ipq.pt
Museu de Metrologia: museu.metrologia@ipq.pt