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Small Scale with Weights in Wooden Case

1931.552A-C (RS246960)

Description

Small balancing scale with weights (b) in wooden case (a). The interior cavity of the wooden case is carved out of a solid piece of wood. The lid is hinged with metal staples and has a metal hook latch. The lid top is decorated with hand-carved or impressed geometric designs. A printed paper table of weights and values of silver and gold coin is folded inside the box. Another handwritten table is affixed to the interior of the lid.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1785
Inscriptions
"A TABLE / Of the Weight and Value of coined Silver and Gold, / and English Half Pence and Farthings, as established / by an ACT of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. / [Pas'd October 23, 1784]" (Title only of folded paper table inside case.)
Material
cloth
metal
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Weights & Measures T&E
Places
Probably Bridgewater (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
balances (scales)
cloth
metal
paper (fiber product)
Scale
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
Benjamin Pettingill
Obadiah Pettingill
Dimensions
1 x 7 5/8 x 2 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1931.552A-C
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
33953

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