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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 1 / 2017 of Equilibrium was posted on 21st March 2017. Please make contact if your copy hasn't reached you yet. This time round there are in-depth pieces on the little-known Latin Monetary Union of 19th/20th-century Europe; American Eagle Gold Counterfeit Coin Detectors; Allender's 5-coin Counterfeit Coin Detector; Spanish Coin Scales, Weights and Boxes; The Patterson Egg Candler and Grading Scale; and vintage scales from Gold Mining times in New Zealand



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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NEWSLETTERS

News and fascinating snippets can be found in Fulcrum .


IMPORTANT! advice for those who buy unusual weights for scales - please check out some important history on our Collecting page.




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