Antique Apothecary Scales
by Woolley Sons & Co, Manchester
Beautiful set of antique balance beam scales dating from the late 19th Century. They are contained within their original mahogany box and come with various old brass weights. The cross beam
The scales are made of brass with a brass crossbeam which is signed with the makers name and also marked "Class 1. To weigh 1oz". It has a brass weighing pan suspended by brass chains and a glass weighing pan set on a folding brass arm. The scales screw into the top of the box and break down so as the whole set packs away into the drawer.
There are various old weights that come with the scales that measure in Troy ounces and would have allowed chemists to measure to a very fine degree of accuracy. Some of the weights have tarnished over time.
Box : 10" x 5" x 2"
Pan Diameter : 2 1/2" (6cm)
Height : 14" (36cm)
Beam length : 8" (20cm)
The whole set is in good original condition. It is a well made high quality set that displays beautifully. The box is superb quality with a lovely aged patina and just a few minor knocks and scuffs. The scales have been lightly cleaned and polished and are ready for display. There are minor signs of use and age and the metal has tarnished over time but nothing detrimental.
The scales sit slightly off centre and I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the scales and they are being sold as a decorative collectors item rather than a working scientific instrument. Please have a good look at the photos for the best description and if you have any questions at all please ask.