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Catalog Number X1986.01.23 a-b
Object Name Scale, Balance
Dimensions W-3.25 L-15 D-1.25 inches
Date c. 1865
Notes 1865-1895 is period of greatest Chinese population in Montana, scales like this used for all fine weighing of spices, gold, etc. This is a Chinese unequal arm balance scale in wooden case. Scale consists of a brass pan 2.56" diameter attached by 4 brown silk cords 8" long to a brass poise on an ivory beam 14" long. The beam is calibrated in Chinese "taels". Three 2" brown silk cords with red/green silk tassels are attached through the beam. The hand carved wooden case resembles a violin. It is hinged with a brass pin through the end of the neck and has a woven ring of narrow cane which slides along the neck to hold the case closed.
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