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Balance - Assay, W & T Avery, circa 1850s Object Reg. No: ST 029182

Summary:
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.
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.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 15 cm (Height), 8.5 cm (Width), 24 cm (Length), 8.24 cm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: DIMENSIONS OF BALANCE SCALES GIVEN ABOVE, DIAMETER RELATES TO SIZE OF PANS; DIMENSIONS OF BOX 18 cm L x 10.5 cm W x 3 cm H.

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Tagged with: physical apparatus instruments, balances, scales balances, assay balances
Themes this item is part of: Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015, Engineering Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: MINING & METALLURGY
Secondary Classification: Assaying - General
Tertiary Classification: balances & scales
Inscriptions: Printed on paper label on inside of box lid: 'W & T Avery, Late T.Beach Manufacturers of all kinds of scales, scale beams etc..'
Manufacturer: W. & T. Avery Ltd., England, Great Britain, circa 1850s

Comments

Gary Moroney Posted on 08 Dec 2013 6:35 AM
This is model No. 872 A as listed in Avery catalogue dated May 1909. Cheapest price was 3 pounds 8 shillings without weights and 10 pounds 6 shillings with weights.

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