Scale, Apothecary

Title
Balance scale and apothecary weights in box
Object ID
2020.999.076 a-h
Category
Tools and Equipment for Science and Technology, Weight & Measurements
Date Made
1800 – 1900
Materials
wood, brass, metal
Description

A narrow wood box (A) with apothecary scale (b) and three apothecary weights (C, D, E).

The wood box measures 21.5cm in length by 9cm in width and 3cm in height. The top has an overlap with a metal hook that slides to close the box. The inside looks to be once lined with cloth but has deteriorated. There is a small corner in the top left side.

The scale consists of a 18cm long metal beam with two hooks (rivets) at either end. Three cotton strings each hold the balancing pans (there are two). The pans appear to be brass.

There are 6 apothecary weights.

One of largest apothecary weight (C) has a diameter of 2.1cm, is .3cm thick and is a gold colour. The obverse is inscribed with "TWO / 3ij / Drams". The reverse is inscribed with "Standard/Roger & Co."

One of middle size weight (D) is 1.7cm in diameter and is 0.1cm thick. It is aged, with verdigris. The obverse is inscribed with "One Drachm / 3j / W&T.A"

The second middle size weight (G) is 1.7cm in diameter and is 0.1cm thick. It is brown and gold. The obverse is inscribed with "One Dram / 3j." The reserve is inscribed with "Standard P. Rogers & Co"

The next one, is a smaller size weight (H) at is 1.5cm in diameter and is 0.1cm thick. It is a gold colour. On the obverse is "Half Dram" The reverse is inscribed "Standard P. Rogers & Co".

The smallest size weight (E) is 1.3cm and is 0.1cm thick. It is a gold colour. On the obverse is "One scrupie RE" The reverse is inscribed "Standard P. Rogers & Co".

Related vessels
Thomas F. Bayard
Related person/organization
is related to: Blakstad, Cpt. Hans
History of Use
These tokens were used in the United States and in England from about the 1840's to 1940's. Druggists, or Pharmacists would use these as apothecary weights in small double pan balances when high accuracy was not necessary.