COLLECTING SCALES AND WEIGHTS - AN ABSORBING AND FASCINATING HOBBY|
Members of the
'INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUE SCALE COLLECTORS (EUROPE)'
...love to share (by phone, letter, email and/or personal contact) their pleasure in collecting and exploring
the enormous range of scales and weights that have been produced since the civilization of Mankind!
Meeting in England occasionally, members hear lectures, show new acquisitions, buy and sell scales and weights
in an entirely informal way.
Issue 4 / 2016 of Equilibrium was mailed on 6th January 2017. There are some beautifully-illustrated research articles on Cigar Weights, Casting Iron Weights Using Wooden Patterns, Christopher Pinchbeck the C18th English Rocker Balance Maker & one of his Scales in the possessions of James Ferguson, Scots Astronomer, and Benjamin Dearborn's Vibrating Steelyards and Gold Standard Balances from C19th USA.
The society's respected quarterly journal 'EQUILIBRIUM'(abbreviated to EQM) provides the enthusiast with detailed researches into scales, balances and associated topics, including family history, industrial archaeology and antique curios. A regular Newsletter Fulcrum provides, amongst other things,
the personal stories behind collecting activities of our members and their displays.
The pictures below illustrate the range and variety of scales and balances that so fascinate our members -
An exquisite coin weight balance
A modern 20th-century scale, also for weighing coins!
A highly collectible set of standard or reference weights and measures - Victorian and earlier brass / copper-alloy engineering with aesthetic appeal. Historical and family research can be based on manufacturers' names, Government stamps, paper ephemera, and even metal detector finds!
These colourful egg weighing machine test poises are a blend of scientific apparatus and practical equipment, for use on farms. A full set of instructions adds a great deal of context about how they were used.
The traditional equal-armed scales were often made with extra features for specific purposes, to a high degree of accuracy. Often hidden away in attics or on trade premises, they can turn up at boot sales, markets, in online auctions, for sale at reasonable prices and in want of some restoration. Cleaning them, and learning how they work, can be a fascinating project, with fellow-Members willing to offer advice and help.
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News and fascinating snippets can be found in
IMPORTANT! advice for those who buy unusual weights for scales -
please check out some important history on our Collecting page.
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