Balance Scale

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1700-1799

GUSN

GUSN-4330

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

Descriptive Terms

balances (scales)
ash (wood)
brass (alloy)
iron (metal)
steel (alloy)
string (fiber product)
Brass
Steel
String
Ash
Iron
SCALE, BALANCE

Associated Building

Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

1.125 x 5.875 x 2.75 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler

Accession Number

1977.630AB