Scales : A century of weighing babies, medicines, and gold
Object ID Number:
EH10363
Object Name:
Scale
Type:
Pocket Gold Dust Scale
Manufacturer:
Unknown
Date of Manufacture:
/ /
Manufactured from:
1800
Manufactured to:
1860
Description / History:
This very small brass scale comes with a small case and various weights. Nothing is labeled including measurements of weights. This style of scale was often used to measure several ounces of gold dust. Because of the style, it was likely used in the early to mid 1800s when the California Gold Rush was taking place. Although its original purpose was for gold, it can measure other things as well and would have been very beneficial in a pharmacy.
There are no manufacturer's marks on the scale so the manufacturer remains unknown.
Dimensions:
H-1 W-2 L-5.25 inches
Additional Information:
This small scale can be viewed at the EHMHF display of late 18th and early 19th century medicine in the museum at Rock Ford Plantation, the home of Edward Hand.
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