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Scales - Pharmacy, Brass, Wooden Base, circa 1840 Object Reg. No: SH 850268

Summary:
Pharmacy scales used in the pharmacy of a Victorian psychiatric hospital circa 1840. Used to measure out quantities of pharmaceuticals administered at the hospital.
Description:
Brass pharmacy scales have base of polished wood box, with drawer in front. Trunk of scale is slim and tapering, with joint halfway up. Horizontal arm at top is short and scroll-shaped, running from back to front. At front is sus- pended (by small, loop-ended pin) an ornate 2-prong fitting, from end of which hangs main balance arm (running right to left) from centre of which sticks up an ornately shaped vertical pointer, fitting into gap between prongs. Arm has upward curving hooks, with holes at each end, one connected to 3 chains on which hang a brass dish to hold weights, and one supporting fine, curved rod with stirrup on end, on which sits small shallow glass dish for substance to be weighed.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 35.00 cm (Height), 13.50 cm (Width), 26.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: pharmacy equipment, psychiatric hospitals, standard weights measures, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Pharmacy
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1840

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