Antique Apothecary Scales
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 brass weights. There is a paper label inside the drawer which reads "Established 1844. C.Stevens & Son. Patentees & Manufacturers of Scales, Weights and Weighing Machines for Commercial, Scientific and Domestic Purposes. 38 Goswell Road, Aldersgate, London. EC1"
The scales are made of brass with a brass crossbeam. The crossbeam is marked "Class B. To Weigh 10oz". Both pans are large flat brass pans suspended by brass chains.
The scales screw into the top of the box and break down so the beam and pans pack 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 1/2" x 6" x 3"
Pan Diameter : 3 1/2" (9cm)
Height : 15" (38cm)
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 good quality with a lovely aged patina. It has a few knocks and minor scuffs and there are some old nail holes in the top of the box but nothing detrimental. The scales are ready for display having been lightly cleaned and polished with a new pin. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the scales and they are being sold as a decorative collectors item rather than a working scientific instrument.
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