Assay balance and four standard weights in a wooden box manufactured by W & T Avery, England, circa 1850s. An Assay balance is a very sensitive balance used in the assaying of gold, silver, etc., for weighing the beads.

Physical Description

Metal scales and standard weights contained within a small wooden box. The scales are comprised of two circular brass pans suspended via brass chains to a metal balance. The steel balance has curved ends through which the chains are looped. In the centre of the balance is a decorative spike, and hanging attachment. There are four standard 'Penny weights' ranging in weight from 3 to 4,5 & 6. The brass weights have an image of a crown on one side and the weight on the other. The base of the box is lined with blue felt and the lid is secured with a hook and eye attachment.

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