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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


Ceramic Scale Slab S224
Original, quality, late 19th century, circular white ceramic slab, from a set of dairy grocers' / butchers' shop counter scales. This example is plain to the reverse, has a transfer picture to the front detailing a logo of the scales of justice on a globe with a lion to one side. Perfect for a cheese or butter slab. 8" diameter + 0.25" thick.  
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Price: 45.00


Ceramic Scale Slab   S224



Mancur Scale   S223
Mancur Scale S223
Original, quality, 19th century, blacksmith made wrought iron mancur scale, with a crescent shaped brass 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 up to 40lb in 5lb divisions and the larger hook and ring would weigh from 20lb to 300lb in 20lb divisions. This example is stamped "RC" to the iron frame for the maker. All has been cleaned and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. 11" x 4" + 1.5" front to back. 
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Price: 135.00


Salters 18D Dietary Balance S222
Set of original, quality 1940's, unused scales in the original green paintwork and with the lid of the original card box. This pressed tin balance has a painted dial detailed "Salters" with the arrow through the rope knot trade mark, "No 18D" and "Made in England". These scales are calibrated in 1/3 ounces and 1/4 ounces. The lift off circular pan is in alumunium and apart from a minor scratch to the face, all is complete and in good and working order. Pan 5" diameter, lid 5.5" x 4" x 1.5", base of scale 3.25" x 2" + 4.25" tall including pan.  
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Price: 65.00


Salters 18D Dietary Balance   S222



Grocers Counter Scales    S221
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


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


Pooley London & North Western Railway Balance   S218



Cast Iron Shop Counter Scales   S216
Cast Iron Shop Counter Scales S216
Set of original, quality, cast iron grocers' / butchers' shop counter scales, with a circular white ceramic plate and a full set of eight circular cast iron weights. The scale base is embossed "To Weigh 14lb", with the patent number for the year 1908 and has brass caps to each pivot. The ceramic slab is perfect with no chips and is decorated in black transfer, with a picture of two robed figures, one with a sword, the other with a balance stood on the world and joined by a lion . The cast iron weights are from 2lbs down to 1/4oz and are all marked accordingly. The cast ironwork has been cleaned and lacquered and the brass fittings have been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order. Price is for the set. 
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Price: 115.00


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


Set of Avery Scales with Weights S208
Original, quality, late 19th century, grocers shop counter scales, with a marble mount, a ceramic slab and a stack of old cast iron and brass weights. This example was for weighing dairy produce and cold meats etc. The wooden base has been repainted black. The cast iron scale parts mounted on the marble slab and the eight weights graduating from 2lb down to 1/4oz have been cleaned and lacquered. The ceramic slab has a marbled effect to the upper surface and is transfer printed for 'W & T Avery, Birmingham' to the underside. The glazing to the underside of the slab is crazed and a chunk of the back of the slab has been broken off and re-glued in the past, otherwise all is complete and in good and working order. Base 16" x 6", slab 9.75" x 8.75" x 1.5", total 19.5" x 10.25" + 8.5" tall, weights 4" wide + 3.5" tall stacked. 
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Price: 185.00


Set of Avery Scales with Weights   S208



Ceramic Scale Slab   S204
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: 230.00


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


Salters Quadrant Balance   S203



Salters No 85 Trade Balance   S190
Salters No 85 Trade Balance S190
Original, quality 1920's, larger than average 'Salters' brass faced spring trade balance, with a circular brass dial and a cast iron body, a wrought iron 'S' hook to the top and one beneath. The dial is calibrated in "Stones" and "Pounds" in 1lb up to 280lbs and is detailed "Salters No 85 Spring Balance, Made in England" and with the knotted rope trade mark. The ironwork has been cleaned and the brass polished. All has been lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed if required at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order. An unusual example and in super condition. Dial 14" diameter, total 29" x 14" + 2" front to back. 
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Price: 185.00


Salters No. 20T Trade Balance S176
Original, quality 1920's, cast iron trade balance with a brass face calibrated to weigh 200lbs by 1lb divisions. The top 'S' hook is for hanging, and the lower has a swivel action. The face is detailed "No. 20T, Salters Trade Balance, Silvester Patent, Made in England To Weigh 200lb by 1lb" and has the knotted rope with an arrow through, trademark. All has been cleaned and lacquered, fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order. 25.5" long x 9.25" wide + 2" front to back. 
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Price: 65.00


Salters No. 20T Trade Balance   S176



Avery Steelyard Scale   S172
Avery Steelyard Scale S172
Original, quality mid 19th century blacksmith made wrought iron steelyard scale complete with the original pear shaped cast iron weight. This example will weigh from 11lb to 42lb on one side and 42lb to 160lb on the other and has decorative wrought iron swivels to the hooks and decorative shaped points and hooks. Impressed to one side "To Weigh 160lb" and "Avery Class 3". All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. A great looking scale. 23" long x 17.5" tall x 3.25" wide. 
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Price: 85.00


Steelyard Scale S171
Original, quality early to mid 19th Century, large blacksmith made wrought iron steelyard scale, complete with the original pear shaped cast iron weight. This example will weigh from 1lb to 68lb on one side and 68lb to 300lb on the other and has decorative wrought iron swivels to the hooks and decorative shaped points and hooks. Impressed to one side "300" and "Patent". All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. A great looking scale. 32" long x 20" tall x 3.5" wide. 
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Price: 85.00


Steelyard Scale   S171



Cast Iron Stand-on Scale   S135
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


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 Brass Pocket Balance   S134



Salters Letter Balance    S102
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 Spring Balance S76
Original, quality brass faced spring balance larger than average for this shape, circa 1900. The brass dial is stamped 'Salter's Improved Spring Balance' and 'Warranted' and is calibrated to weigh 112lb (1 cwt). The sheet steel body is pitted but otherwise all is complete and in good and working order and has been lacquered. The lower hook is probably not original. Face 14.75" x 2.5", total length 19" and 1.75" front to back. 
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Price: 34.00


Salters Spring Balance    S76



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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