Small Scale with Weights in Wooden Case

Collection Type

  • Tools

Date

ca. 1785

GUSN

GUSN-33953

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

Descriptive Terms

balances (scales)
wood (plant material)
metal
paper (fiber product)
cloth
Scale
Scale

Inscription

"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.)

Additional Identification Number

1931.552A

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Weights & Measures T&E

Dimensions

1 x 7 5/8 x 2 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

1931.552A-C

Places

Probably Bridgewater (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)