United States apple bushel

Compare other bushels.

A heaped bushel for apples of 2747.715 cubic inches was established by the U.S. Court of Customs Appeals on Feb. 15, 1912, in United States vs Weber (no. 757).¹ A heaped bushel = 1¼ stricken bushels is also recognized.

1. See U.S. National Bureau of Standards Miscellaneous Publication 233 (1960), page 5, footnote 7.

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Apples. Bushel measure-

There is no controversy as to the rate of duty. The controversy is over the legal contents of a bushel of apples. Reviewing the history of the legislation and the decisions affecting weights and measures, it would appear there has never been an authoritative definition of a standard bushel measurement for the United States. The bushel has come, by usage in trade and commerce, to be with us the Winchester bushel of English law prior to 1826, the date of the adoption of the imperial bushel in England. By a statute of Anne, A. D. 1701, recognizing a trade usage already in force, apples and pears were required to be sold by heaping measure; and in the absence of any specific declaration by Congress as to the contents of a bushel of apples or the like, it will be presumed that a bushel of to-day is the bushel of English law and custom in 1776 ; and a bushel of apples is not a struck Winchester bushel, but that measure heaped. United States v. Weber (No. 757), United States Court of Customs Appeals. Appeal by the United States from Board of United States General Appraisers, Abstract 26351 (T. D. 31832). Decision affirmed. (T. D. 32288; Feb. 15, 1912.)

Digest of Decisions of the Treasury Department (Customs) Board of U.S. General Appraisers and U.S. Court of Customs Appeals rendered during the Calendar Years 1908 to 1915 (both inclusive) under Acts of Congress with Decisions of United States Courts in Customs Cases.
Treasury Department, Document No. 2769. Division of Customs.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1917.
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