Historical information

These scales would have been used for weighing small items (e.g. letters and packages) in a home or business.

Significance

These scales have no known local provenance but are retained for display purposes

Physical description

.1 The beam balance scales have a brown wooden rectangular base with four metal screws and indents for weights. The scale mechanism has a round metal dish for weights and a rectangular metal dish to hold the object to be weighed. .2 A circular metal weight 8 oz. .3 A circular metal weight 4 oz. .4 A circular metal weight 2 oz. .5 A circular metal weight 1 oz. .6 A circular metal weight ½ oz. .7 A circular metal weight with a smaller top for ease of holding ½ oz. .8 A circular metal weight 4 drams

Inscriptions & markings

.2 8 oz. .3 4 oz .4 2 oz. .5 1 oz. .6 ½ oz. .7 ½ oz. .8 4 drams