Prescription scale and set of weights in case

Object Number: 
1938.444a-u
Date: 
1830-1880
Medium: 
Brass, other metal, textile, string, cardboard, paint
Dimensions: 
case: 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. ( 1.6 x 15.9 x 6.7 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on lining of lid: "ms(?) No 1280"
Description: 
Metal prescription scale with two shallow, circular brass pans suspended with string from balance bar; in lozenge-shaped black painted metal case with hinged lid, with the base of box lined with black wool and the lid lined with padded white silk; small circular cardboard box found inside case contains seventeen square brass weights of varying size.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Isabella Vaché Cox
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group