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The Measures Of King Sebastião
The standard of "oitava" (eighth) of King Sebastião

Padrão de uma oitava de D. Sebastião

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

Padrão de uma oitava de D. Sebastião
The dimensions are as follows:

  • Height: 9 cm;
  • Width: 15 cm;
  • Length: 15.5 cm

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

This standard 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