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Balance Scale

1977.630AB (RS116951)

Description

A) Plain six-board nailed box; lid attached with brass wire pintle-type hinge, closing with hook on top of lid into loop through lid; inside lid with paper label "A TABLE of the Weight and Value of Coins, as they pass in New England" giving equivalents for different coins, e.g. "A Guinea," "Half Johannes," and "Dollar." Bottom lined with coarse green wool and sectioned to hold brass weights. B) Steel-armed balance with two round flat brass pans suspended by three green cords with pink tassels at arm joins.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1700-1799
Associated Building
Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.).
Material
ash (wood)
brass (alloy)
iron (metal)
steel (alloy)
string (fiber product)
Object type
Weights & Measures T&E
Descriptive terms
Ash
ash (wood)
balances (scales)
Brass
brass (alloy)
Iron
iron (metal)
SCALE, BALANCE
Steel
steel (alloy)
String
string (fiber product)
Dimensions
1.125 x 5.875 x 2.75 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1977.630AB
Credit Line
Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler
GUSN
4330

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