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Inventory no. 28299 - Former Display Label

Oriental DOTCHIN

Brass and ivory; in lacquered wooden case. Unsigned and undated.

Dotchins were used by Chinese and other Eastern merchants for weighing silver, etc. A dotchin is a form of steelyard and the name dotchin derives from the Chinese, duhchenq (or tu4-ch'eng4) 'to weigh'. Dotchins were copied in Europe; examples of both Oriental and European dotchins are shown in the Weights and Measures case (no. 49).

The case of the dotchin shown here is of the oriental type.

The dotchin shown here was added to the Orrery Collection after Thomas Wright had compiled his catalogue of the Collection in 1731.

Lent by Christ Church.

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