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