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Prescription scale in box

Object Number: 
1952.18
Date: 
1730-1760
Medium: 
Oak, metal, thread
Dimensions: 
box: 1 1/4 x 8 x 3 3/4 in. ( 3.2 x 20.3 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on paper affixed to inside of lid: "23 grains [&?] a third / is one penny weight" handwritten in ink: on paper affixed to inside of lid: "Soda powders / In weight / 28 grains Soda / 21 ditto Tataric Acid / In measure / 1 thimblefull S
Description: 
Metal prescription scale with two shallow circular pans attached to balance bar with thread; in rectangular oak box with snipe-hinged lid decorated with half-circles inscribed within a rectangle; with ten weights of various sizes and metal tag with etched initials inside box, and four paper labels with handwritten inscriptions pasted to inside of lid.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, these scales were once owned by the donors' great-great-great-grandfather Nicholas Bayard (1698-1765).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Margaret Bayard Baldwin and Miss Elizabeth Rutgers Baldwin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group