Antique Apothecary Scales
Plunket & Sons, London
A beautiful set of antique balance beam scales contained within their original box, dating from the mid to late 19th century. The scales are made of brass with two large brass dishes suspended by chains. The scales screw into the top of the box for easy use wherever they would have been set up and pack away into the drawer for transporting.
The brass crossbeam is marked "Class B. To Weigh 4oz". The scales also have a maker or owner's name engraved on the lever "Plunket & Sons, London". There are two sets or original old brass weights with the scales that measure in Troy Ounces.
Box : 11" x 5 1/2" x 2 1/4"
Pan Diameter : 4 1/2" (15cm)
Beam Length : 7" (18cm)
Height when assembled : 15 1/2" (39cm)
The whole set is in lovely original condition. It is a very well made high quality set that displays beautifully. The brass has tarnished over time and there are signs of age and use and some light knocks, scuffs and a chip to the bottom front corner of the box but nothing detrimental. The string has likely been replaced at some point but it looks good and does the job. Although complete, they are really being sold as a collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument.
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