993.1373.1: Beam Balance Scale Set, 1801-1850

Additional Images

993.1373.1: Beam Balance Scale Set.
Image No. 3798 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Portable boxed apothecary scales and weights. The case includes a draw with a flower shaped handle. The contents of the case include: a two piece stand consisting of the main shaft, with an elevating lever, which screws into a brass plate on the lid of the case and the upper shaft and cross beam which screws into the main shaft, the upper shaft is attached to the elevating lever by means of a cord, and to the balance beam [both now missing]; part of a green cord [probably from a weighing pan]; twenty seven weights including scruples, drachms and grain weights. A printed manufacturer's label 'Sommers & Co. Scale Makers No. 111 Wood Street, London' adheres to the back of the draw. The pans and balance beam are missing. The instrument's date refers to the balance. The date of the weights vary between 19th - 20th Century. Case dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1373.1
Collection: Pharmacy-ware
Date: 1801-1850

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 28.7 cm
  • Height: 5.7 cm
  • Width: 13.8 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Box
  • b) Draw
  • c) Draw handle
  • d) Shaft and cross beam
  • e) Main shaft with elevating lever
  • f) Cross beam key
  • g) Cord with link
  • h) Square weight, 'A IOAN S' stamped into one side,'D 18' stamped into reverse side
  • i) Square one scruple weight, 'Эi' stamped into one side, and '1 Scrup' stamped into reverse side
  • j) Grain weight, rectangular, one annulet [dot] and lion stamped into both sides
  • k) Rough cut square weight, '½' stamped into one side, reverse blank
  • l) Round two scruples weight, 'Эij' stamped into one side, reverse blank
  • m) Rectangular two scruples weight, 'Эij' stamped into one side, '2 Scruple' stamped into reverse side
  • n) Square two scruples weight, 'Эij' stamped into one side, '2 Scruple' stamped into reverse side
  • o) Square one dram weight, 'ʓi' stamped into one side, '1 Dram' stamped into reverse side
  • p) Square one drachm weight, 'ʓi' stamped into both sides
  • q) Rectangular weight, 'S 7' and a lion stamped into both sides
  • r) Square weight, 'D G 2 15' stamped into both sides
  • s) Rectangular two drachm weight, 'ʓij' stamped into one side, '2 Drachm' stamped into reverse side
  • t) Square weight, '¼ DOUB N' stamped into one side, 'D G 4 . 6' stamped into reverse side
  • u) Square weight, '½ DOUB N' stamped into one side, 'D G 8 . 12' stamped into reverse side
  • v) Square weight, '½ IOAN S' stamped into one side,'D 9' stamped into reverse side
  • w) Square grain weight, three annulets [dots] and lion stamped into one side, reverse blank
  • x) Square grain weight, three annulets [dots] and lion stamped into both sides
  • y) Rectangular grain weight, four annulets [dots] and lion stamped into both sides
  • z) Square grain weight, four annulets [dots] and lion stamped into one side, reverse blank
  • aa) Square grain weight, five annulets [dots] and lion stamped into one side, reverse blank
  • bb) Square grain weight, five annulets [dots] and crown stamped into both sides
  • cc) Rectangular grain weight, six annulets [dots] and lion stamped into one side, reverse blank
  • dd) Square grain weight, nine annulets [dots] and lion stamped into both sides
  • ee) Square weight, 'D X' stamped into one side, reverse blank
  • ff) Square weight, 'A EAGLE' stamped into one side, 'D G 11 . 6' stamped into reverse side
  • gg) Square weight, 'A DOUB N' stamped into one side, 'D 17' stamped into reverse side
  • hh) Round ½ scruple weight, '℈ƒs' stamped into one side, reverse blank

Object Materials

  • brass,
  • copper alloy,
  • fiber,
  • gold leaf,
  • lacquer,
  • paper,
  • printing ink,
  • steel,
  • thread,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Sommers & Co.