Antique Hanging Fur Trapper's Scale Brass and Wrought Iron Construction
Description: An antique, most likely French but surely European, hanging scale made of wrought iron and brass. These scales are referred to as Roman Scales or Fur Trapper's Scale. The scale has hooks and rings. The brass scale is double-sided and weighs up to 20 kilos on one side and 160 kilos on the other. The piece shows signs of age and oxidation throughout. It is known as fur trapper's scale because it was capable of weighing large amounts of furs but was light enough to be carried easily. A true antique that appears to be complete and in good condition. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely mid 1800's and could be earlier.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Size: The overall length is ~11 1/2" when fully stretched and the central circle is ~3 7/8" by ~3 3/8". The scale weighs about 9 ounces.
Marks: Unmarked as to the maker.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice antique scale which in our opinion looks great and is in very good condition. A nice addition to your collection.
Condition: The scale is in good original condition. The metal has rust signs, some pitting, and general soiling. The brass portion of the scale shows some pitting and losses to the coloring of the numbers. It appears to work properly and give rough estimates of weight. Please carefully view photos for additional condition information.
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