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Object Name Scale, Balance
Date 1749
Description Brass balance scale in original wooden case with hinged lid and set of weights. Scale consists of two brass pans suspended from a central beam. Each of the 13 weights has a different stamped design. Case has compartments shaped to hold the components of the scale, including the weights, and also a small compartment with a sliding lid to hold an additional smaller weight. The inside of the lid is covered with a paper label printed with illustrations and text (in Dutch), dated 1749. The label is illustrated with a scene showing merchants using scales, surrounded by labeled depictions of the designs on the weights. It also has a Hapsburg coat of arms and instructions for use. Case has brass hook-and-eye closure. Overall dimensions of the wooden case are 1.250 inches high, 6.250 inches wide, and 3.250 inches deep.
(Keywords: Colonial, Commerce)
Acquisition Gift of Bertha Conner
Ownership and History This is a money assayer's scale which was used for establishing the value of an exchange medium in the era before standardized currencies. It was presented to the Staten Island Historical Society by Bertha (Manee) Conner in 1940. Mrs. Conner and her husband, Willett Leslie Conner, were both descended from early Staten Island families.

The maker was Jacobus Franciscus, an official scale maker of the city of Antwerp in the duchy of Brabant (in present-day Belgium).
Earliest Date 1749
Latest Date 1749
Maker Jacobus Franciscus, Antwerp, Brabant
Subjects Scales
Lexicon Sub-category Weights & Measure T&E
Catalog Number A31.0177
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible in memory of Harold Conner, March 2014.
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