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Mancur Scale   S230
Mancur Scale S230
Original, quality, 19th century, blacksmith made, wrought iron mancur scale with a crescent shaped dial, calibrated on both sides. These scales were used to weigh wool in sacks, after shearing the sheep. The small hook and suspension ring are used to weigh o up to 45lb in 5lb divisions and the larger hook and ring would weigh front 20lb to 400lb in 20lb divisions. All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. 11.5" x 4" + 2" front to back.  
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Price: 145.00


Salters No.60T Spring Balance S229
Original, quality, late 19th century, brass faced rectangular shaped trade balance, with a steel casing to the body, a wrought iron ring to the top and an 'S' hook to the bottom. The thick brass face has a swagged top and bottom edge and a needle to the centre of an engraved dial calibrated to 10lbs in 1oz increments and detailed "No.60T", "Salters Trade Spring Balance, to weigh 30lb by 1oz" and "British Made" and with the Salters rope knot logo. This scale also has a further sliding gauge to the bottom showing a further 2 x 10lb measures. Much of the original black paintwork has been retained to the reverse and the brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All has been fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order. Face 15" x 6.25", total 2" front to back + 20" long including hook and ring.  
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Price: 85.00


Salters No.60T Spring Balance   S229



Brass Avery Grocers Scales and Weights   S228
Brass Avery Grocers Scales and Weights S228
Original, quality, late 19th century, grocers' shop counter scale in brass, on the original mahogany base, with a stack of eight circular brass weights of the correct denomination, 2lb down to 1/4oz. This example has a most unusual shaped central column and will dismantle into eleven pieces, plus the base and the weights for ease of storage. The crossbeam is impressed for the scale manufacturer "W & T Avery, Birmingham" and "Patent Agate Balance". All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer can be removed at no extra cost. There is a good old repair to the mahogany base and all is fully overhauled, complete and in good and working order. A great looking set of scales ready to use. Base 20" x 11" + 1.25", total 22" long + 25.5" tall.  
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Price: 230.00


Brass Tobacconist Scales S227
Set of original, quality 1920's, all brass, tobacconist scales on the original mahogany base, with a stack of old brass weights from 8oz to 1/4oz, the correct sized weights required. This super and small example will dismantle into eight pieces, plus the plinth and the weights, stamped to the crossbeam "To Weigh 8oz" and "Class B" and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. Base 12.5" x 6.5" + 0.75", total 14" tall x 13.5" wide.  
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Price: 125.00


Brass Tobacconist Scales   S227



Confectionery Scales and weights   S225
Confectionery Scales and weights S225
Set of original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron confectionery scales, with brass pans and a stack of eight flat brass weights. The scale base has been cleaned and lacquered and the brass polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed from the brass at no extra cost. The base is embossed "To Weigh 4lbs" and "Made in France" for the English market. Both the original brass pans are stamped "19" to the underside and the weights range from 2lb down to 1/4 ounce. All is complete and in good and working order. Base 12" x 4.5", total 16" x 7.5" tall + 9" front to back. Price is for the set.  
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Price: 230.00


Grocers Counter Scales S221
Set of original, quality 1920's, grocers' shop counter scales, with a painted wooden base and a marble slab, a ceramic plate, a circular brass pan for the weights and mounted on four china ball feet. The front has an oval glazed window showing the two needles of balance. A stack of eight circular brass weights are included and these graduate from 2lb down to 1/4oz. This set of scales were restored 50 or 60 years ago and appears to be a marriage of various scale parts, but they look good and obviously worked well enough for the grocer who previously used them. There were a couple of hand written cards in the base of the scale (now mislaid) detailing the repairs and restoration. The base and ironwork has been repainted black and the brass polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is in good and working order. Scale base 18" x 7", weights 3.5" x 3" tall, total 19.5" x 9" x 7.5" tall. Price is for the set.  
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Price: 185.00


Grocers Counter Scales    S221



Pooley London & North Western Railway Balance   S218
Pooley London & North Western Railway Balance S218
Original, quality, late 19th century, circular brass balance to weigh 112lb and calibrated in 1lbs. This most unusual example has a thick brass face mounted on a cast iron body, with a ring to the top for hanging and a swivel shackle beneath. The dial has an applied maker's plate detailing "H Pooley and Son Ltd", "Capacity 112lbs", "Class 3" and "Liverpool and Birmingham". The front also has a clear lead custom seal. The reverse also has an applied brass plaque detailing "Pooley and Son Liverpool" and "L&NW 3275", (L&NW' for 'London and North Western Railways). All has been cleaned and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. Dial 8" diameter, scale 14" long + 1.5" front to back. 
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Price: 300.00


Salters Troy Ounce Balance S215
Original, quality, pre-war, brass cylinder scale, with a steel ring to the top and a steel hook to the bottom. This example is calibrated to weigh up to '10 Troy ounces' and is stamped "Made in England" to the reverse. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. Body 5" x 0.5", total including ring and hook 8.5" x 1.25". 
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Price: 56.00


Salters Troy Ounce Balance   S215



Set of Scales and Weights   S213
Set of Scales and Weights S213
Original, quality 1920's, cast iron grocers' shop counter scales in the original gold paintwork, with brass mounts, a circular brass pan and a stack of seven cast iron weights from 2lb down to 1/2oz. The scale body has a "P" in red to each side, the beams have "To Weigh 7lb" and the pan has a super bowl dished shape. The weights have been cleaned and lacquered and the brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order. Pan 8" diameter x 1.75" deep, total 8" x 13.5" + 8" tall, weights 3.5" x 4" tall. Price is for the set.  
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Price: 95.00


Ceramic Scale Slab S204
Original, quality, late 19th century, larger than average, white ceramic slab from a grocers' or butchers' shop counter scales. This very clean example is transfer printed to the topside with a 'Scale of Justice' design and a logo for the scale manufacturer 'G.Rushbrook, London and Birmingham'. The rear of the upstand is impressed for the manufacturer "Wedgwood" and "ACH". Some very minor stains and a couple of minor scatches to the edge, otherwise complete and in good order. A great looking slab ideal for a cheese board. 14.5" wide x 13.5" front to back, 2" tall at the rear + slab 0.5" thick. 
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Price: 185.00


Ceramic Scale Slab   S204



Salters Quadrant Balance   S203
Salters Quadrant Balance S203
Original, quality, late 19th century, hanging scale, with a wrought iron ring to the top and a wrought iron hook beneath. This unusual scale has a flat bell shaped body, with a needle from the top pointing to the curved brass, calibrated plate detailing up to 56lbs in 8oz divisions. The oval maker's plate to the centre is embossed "Salter's Quadrant Balance". Cleaned and lacquered and complete and in good and working order. 13.5" x 6.5" x 1". 
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Price: 165.00


Cast Iron Stand-on Scale S135
Original, quality, late 19th Century, cast iron, stand-on weighing scales of the steelyard principle. Probably used in doctors surgeries or chemists to weigh persons. A plain example with a lift off tread plate, a brass sliding weight and a calibrated bar, and the full set of six cast iron circular counterbalance weights. The cast iron has been repainted in the past and the brass is polished and lacquered. All is complete and in good and working order. Base 11" wide x 22.5" front to back, 17.5" wide including bar and 10.5" high. Price is for the set. 
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Price: 85.00


Cast Iron Stand-on Scale   S135



Salters Brass Pocket Balance   S134
Salters Brass Pocket Balance S134
Original, quality, pre-war, tubular, brass weighing scale with a small, steel hook to one end and a split ring to the other. The nickel face is calibrated from 1lb to 20lbs and is complete and in good and working order. 9.75" long including hooks and body 0.75" wide. 
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Price: 65.00


Salters Letter Balance S102
Original, quality pressed tin letter clip balance with a top ring and a lower expanding clip to hold the letter. The gloss finished paper face is detailed in black with calibrations up to 4 ounces and the knotted rope with an arrow through logo and Salter's for the manufacturer 'Salter & Co'. The postal rates shown are for the years 1923 to 1940. The paper dial is curling at two corners but otherwise all is complete and in good and working order. Dial 2" x 1", total 4" x 1" x 0.25".  
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Price: 35.00


Salters Letter Balance    S102



Salters Dynamometer   S24
Salters Dynamometer S24
Original, quality, 1920's, brass faced 'Dynamometer', manufactured by Salter, with a cast iron body with four large springs and two large apertures for fixing to the wire guide ropes. Used to measure the stress or strength on wire ropes on a huge Industrial land crane. The brass face is calibrated in 25lb units to 4500lb and is marked 'Salter Improved Dynamometer', 'Made In England' and '4G/3195'. It bears the arrow mark for war department use, also '4,500lb by 25lb' and the 'rope knot with the arrow through' logo, for Salter the manufacturer. 14.5" x 10.25" x 2.25" front to back, 10.25" diameter of brass face. 
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Price: 135.00


Nickel Parcel Balance PS40
Original, quality, large postal balance in nickel, with the original shaped honey coloured oak base on bun feet and with the full set of ten original nickel plated circular weights. This superb, all original set of scales has two ivorine plaques to the oak base detailing the postal rates for parcels, letters and foreign letters for the years 1906 - 1915. The scales are impressed "Warranted Accurate" and with the manufacturer's mark "STS". The top surface of the trays are pitted and showing the brass on the larger tray, the weights are also bleeding through to the brass in some areas, otherwise all is bright and clean and in super condition. The original set of weights comprise two 4lb and one of each of 2lb, 1lb, 8oz, 4oz, 2oz and two 1/2oz. All is complete and in good and working order. Plinth 14.75" x 11" + 2", total 16" wide, 12" front to back + 8" tall. Price is for the set.  
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Price: 350.00


Nickel Parcel Balance   PS40



Salters No 11 Postal Balance   PS39
Salters No 11 Postal Balance PS39
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron letter balance with a brass dial and top pan. The cast iron body is decorated in relief to the front with leaves and flowers and still retains much of the original 'bronze' finish. The brass face is calibrated in ounces and pence with the postal rates for the years 1885 to 1897. The face is detailed "Salters Letter Balance No 11", "British Made", "24oz x 1/4oz" and with the 'Salters' arrow through the rope knot logo. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All has been fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order. Base 4.75" x 3.5" front to back, top pan 3.25" diameter + total 7" tall. 
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Price: 115.00


Mordan Postal Scales PS38
Original, quality, late 19th century, brass postal balance on the original mahogany base,with the original brass weights. This example is stamped "S.Mordan and Co, London" for the maker and the full set of circular brass weights are stamped according 2 x "16oz", "8oz", "4oz", "2oz", "1oz" and 1/2oz". The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order. Plinth 13" x 6.75" + 1.5", total 14" x 7.75" + 6.75" tall. Price is for the set. 
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Price: 245.00


Mordan Postal Scales   PS38



Cased Pair of Salter Balances   PS37
Cased Pair of Salter Balances PS37
Pair of original, quality, pre-war, nickel plated tubular spring balances, in the original blue velvet and white silk lined leather look paper covered box, with a hinged lid and a pair of clasps. Both these balances are stamped for the maker "Salter" and the one with the spring clip, presumably for letters, is calibrated in ounces up to 16oz and the other, with a hook for parcels? is calibrated in pounds up to 15lbs. All is in near mint condition, probably not seen action and both balances are complete and in good and working order. Case 9" x 3.75" x 1". Price is for the set.  
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Price: 165.00


Salters No 35 Parcel Balance PS36
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron parcel scale to weigh up to 7lbs calibrated in ounces. The cast iron body is decorated in relief, to the front and base with designs of acanthus leaves. The circular painted face is marked "Salters Postal Parcel Balance No 35, 7lbs by 1oz" and has the postage rates for the years 1883 to 1886. The top rectangular flat pan is in brass and all has been cleaned and lacquered. The detail to the face is rather faded in places, otherwise all is complete and in good and working order. Top pan 6" x 4", total 8.5" tall, base 6" wide and 4.75" front to back.  
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Price: 115.00


Salters No 35 Parcel Balance   PS36



Salters No 35 Parcel Balance   PS35
Salters No 35 Parcel Balance PS35
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron parcel balance to weigh up to 11lbs and calibrated in ounces. The cast iron body is decorated in relief to the front and base and has "Salters" within a shield to the front. The circular brass face is marked "Salters No 35 Postal Parcel Balance, 11lbs by 1oz" and has the rates of postage for the years 1897 to 1906. The top rectangular flat pan is also in brass. All has been cleaned, lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. Top pan 7" x 5", base 8.5" wide + 6" front to back, total height 10". Price is for the set.  
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Price: 145.00


Townshend Brass Postal Balance PS34
Original, quality, late 19th century, brass 'Roberval' letter scale on a very elaborate cast brass base. The scale is impressed to the beam "Warranted Accurate" and "STS" for 'Samuel Turner Senior' and the letter pan is impressed with the postal rates for the year 1871 to 1885. The top of the scale is mounted with a circular pan to hold the set of four brass weights, which are included and are nesting weights with curved rims, with 8oz to 1oz and stamped accordingly. Now to the base, the centre panel has a pierced design of acanthus leaves, seed pods and flowers and the main base has a different, but similar, pierced design, with four corner feet and two end hand grips. These grips incorporate heads of a mythical beast. The underside of the base has retained the old, original finish and is impressed "Townshend and Co" and "T & C" both for the maker and "RD No" for the registration number, but without a number. This is the most elaborate scale we have had for several years. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. Base 13.75" x 6.5", all 6.5" tall, letter slab 4.5" x 5". 
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Price: 485.00


Townshend Brass Postal Balance   PS34



Salters Letter Balance   PS30
Salters Letter Balance PS30
Original, quality, brass, hanging postal scale with a brass pan suspended beneath and a brass wire frame to hold the letters. The face of the scale is calibrated to weigh up to 16oz in 1/2 ounces and it also details 'Salters' for the maker, 'British Made' and 'patent'. The postal rates are for the period 1885 to 1897. All has been polished and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. 12.5" long and pan diameter 3.5". 
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Price: 85.00

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