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English Dotchin or Steelyard Balance, by Benjamin Martin, London, c. 1770

Inventory Number: 47052
Object Type:
Persons: Benjamin Martin
Date Created: c. 1770
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1949-38
Brief Description: Ivory beam balance with brass pan and four brass waver weights embossed with a crown and dots to indicate weight. The beam is calibrated with two scales: 0-40 by ones and 0-80 by ones; its sliding counterpoise is missing. Balance in form of a Roman steelyard, probably to simulate yje Chinese dotchin. In shaped black fishskin case lined with (faded) red plush.
Primary Inscriptions: "* B: Martin *" [engraved on the ivory beam].
Provenance: Purchase.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Ivory
brass
?silk thread
lead. Case: wood
pasteboard
?fishskin
velvet
metal

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