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Antique English Balance from Pharmacy

Antique English Balance from Pharmacy

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Roberval-style weighted scales were, in the 19th century, accurate enough for most commercial applications, but at a time when medicine commonly used ingredients such as strychnine, mercury, and cyanide for internal use, as an apothecary you wanted to be very sure of your dosages. We found this hanging balance by the Birmingham Wholesale Society dating to about 1870 in the sale of a shuttered chemist’s shop in Provence. It is still exquisitely accurate today. The base is walnut, the plate ceramic over volcanic rock; the brass weights are all original. It must have broken a Frenchman’s heart to use an instrument that embodied British precision, especially one as pretty as this.

Classification

Antique

AGE

165

MATERIAL

Brass

PERIOD

Mid 19th Century

Overall Dimensions

Width: 22 " / 56 cm
Height: 21,5 " / 55 cm
Depth: 11 " / 28 cm