Rectangular, painted wooden chest containing 3 balances, stand, weights and accessories, Persian, 1801-1900
This elaborately decorated box contains three separate sets of scales, with a stand. It also contains weights and tweezers of varying sizes which slot into custom-made compartments. These may have been used within the medicine and jewellery trades. Both trades required the precise measurements of goods. The scales suspend two disk-shaped pans off either end of a horizontal pole. The weights in either pan must be equal for the pole to remain horizontal.
- Object Number:
- scales - weighing device
- furnishing and equipment
- measuring device - instrument
- weighing machine
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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