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Culture:English (possibly); American (possibly)
Title:scales
Date Made:1750-1800
Type:Tool - Weight/Measure
Materials:wood, brass, iron, string, paper, ink
Place Made:England or United States
Measurements:Overall: 1 3/16 in x 5 7/8 in x 2 11/16 in; 3.1 cm x 14.9 cm x 6.9 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2021.16.11
Credit Line:Gift of Stephen and Carol Gehlbach

Description:
Rectangular wooden box with iron cotter pin hinges, brass hook and loop closure, some staining on the outside of the box, the interiors of the box lid has a pasted paper label with a conversion chart for grains to shillings and pence sterling, for example the ink inscription reads: "1 Grain is 2d Sterling/ 2 grains 4 d" and so on. Also inside the box are a set of weights and scales, probably English, possibly American, c. 1750-1800. There are 12 brass weights in the shape of coins of various monetary amounts (two of the 12 weights are brass squares) inside and all are stamped - with a conjoined “IB” for the maker of the weights; there is also a corroded brass button. IB has not been identified yet.

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