Elizabethan nested weights

Made:
1588

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Queen Elizabeth's third set of Exchequer standard avoirdupois weights from 8lb to 1/8oz eleven flat circular nested
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Queen Elizabeth's set of Exchequer standard Troy weights from 256oz to 1/8oz, in ancient leather case; 13 nested cup
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Queen Elizabeth's set of Exchequer standard Troy weights from 256oz to 1/8oz, in ancient leather case; 13 nested cup
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Queen Elizabeth's set of Exchequer standard Troy weights from 256oz to 1/8oz, in ancient leather case; 13 nested cup
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth's set of Exchequer standard Troy weights from 256oz to 1/8oz, in ancient leather case; 13 nested cup
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Queen Elizabeth's set of Exchequer standard Troy weights from 256oz to 1/8oz, in ancient leather case; 13 nested cup
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Detail of one of 13 nested cup weights in bronze, 256oz Troy. From a set of 13 bronze nested cup weights made between
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Detail of one of 13 nested cup weights in bronze, 8oz Troy. From a set of 13 bronze nested cup weights made between
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Detail of one of 13 nested cup weights in bronze, 4oz Troy. From a set of 13 bronze nested cup weights made between
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Ancient leather case for Queen Elizabeth's set of Exchequer standard Troy weights from 256oz to 2.5dwt. Set of 13
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Ancient leather case for Queen Elizabeth's set of Exchequer standard Troy weights from 256oz to 2.5dwt. Set of 13
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Queen Elizabeth I's set of Exchequer Standard Troy weights from 256oz to 1/8oz, with original leather case, made in Nuremberg and stamped in London in 1588. The set consists of 13 nested cup weights in bronze, for 256,128,64,32,16 8,4,2 and 1oz. Troy, 10dwt (240gr), 5dwt, 2.5dwt(60gr.cup) and 2.5dwt solid.

Set of 13 bronze nested cup weights made between 1582 and 1588 at the command of Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603 as primary standards for England. Nested weight sets such as these were made in Nuremberg during this period and were verified and stamped on arrival at their country of use, in this case in London for use in England. Copies of these Exchequer standards were issued to 43 boroughs in England to encourage and enforce fair trade in commerce. They were the third set of weights produced for this purpose as earlier examples proved defective. In England precious metals were weighed using the Troy system based on a pound of 12 ounces containing 5,760 grains. These weights remained the primary standards until 1824 when they were superseded by more accurate mass standards.

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Category:
Weighing & Measuring
Object Number:
1931-948
Materials:
bronze, complete, leather, wood
type:
weights (avoirdupois)
credit:
Board of Trade

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