A truly original and beautiful piece of Victorian engineering, these postal scales are not your run-of-the-mill desktop accessory but have a little piece of history as well as a bit of class. The scales date to around the 1860s and are of a relatively simple design with an oval brass base with pink velour underside and a traditional balance mechanism. A central holding plate for the weights and a set of finely made weights to accompany.
What sets these scales aside is the beautiful dyed agate discs used to make the balance plates. No brass or wood here but agate was a very popular material for jewellery at this time. The etched “signature” on the scales is Woodmansey and Sons, Doncaster. Woodmansey was a high end jeweller and very respected, rising to become Mayor of the town before an untimely demise after a function in London.
His shop sold jewellery and objets de virtu as well as clocks and watches. While an interesting piece, these scales don’t really fit with the general purposes however it is possible a young apprentice made these as practice for all kinds of skills associated with clock and jewellery manufacture, using the materials lying around the workshop.
In excellent condition. The scales have been cleaned and one screw added to secure one of the agate discs. Due to the inconsistent nature of the stone strips of brass have been added (contemporary with manufacture we think) to balance the scales. (We wouldn’t recommend using these for anything other than decorative purposes though). Other than that, usual signs of age
- 14 cm/5.5 inch x 10 cm/3.9 inch oval base
- 7 x 5 cm/2.5 x 2.2 inch discs
- 16.5 cm/6.5 inch total length
- 7 cm/2.5 inch height
- Weights: 1/3 oz, 1/2 oz, 2/3 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz plus one associated 1/2 oz bell weight
Signed Woodmansey and Son, Doncaster
Parcel B, £10.50
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