Antique Measuring Instrument Collection - Folding Sovereigns Weighing Scale

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  • Maker: Stephen Houghton & Son
  • Date: c1850
  • Description and Notes:

    This single turn counterweight folding sovereigns weighing scale is dated to the first half of the nineteenth century based on the following brief history of the maker extracted from the Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851:

    Houghton Stephen
    c 1804 - 1820
    Ormskirk
    Worked for Wilkinson Anthony
    Took over from Wilkinson Anthony
    Succeeded by Houghton & Son Stephen

    The two instruction sheets pasted on the inside surface of the scale read:

      These balance[s] are as accurate as the best of scales;
    more expeditious, portable, and not so liable to be out of
    order. The Sovereign and Half-Sovereign must draw the
    scale to the Lotto and remain there, otherwise they are
    short of weight. Before you shut the box turn up the scale.
    
    Current Wts of Gold Coin
    Sovereign ....... 5dwt*[. 2 1/2 gr.]
    Half-Sovereign .. 2[dwt 1]3 [1/8 gr.]
    
    The turn at the end for a Sovereign:-to the centre
    for Half-a-Sovereign, and the slide at the cipher, where
    it stops. Every stop nearer the centre is a farthing**
    above the currency; the divisions the other way are a
    penny each for light gold.
    
    STEPHEN HOUGHTON & SON;
    13[8], Scotland Road,
    LIVERPOOL.
    [L]ATE OF ORMSKIRK.
    

    *A pennyweight (dwt) is a unit of mass which is the same as 24 grains, or approximately 1.555 grams. Obsoleted since 1878.
    **A farthing (derived from the Anglo-Saxon feorthing, a fourthling or fourth part) was an English coin worth one quarter of a penny and 1/960 of a pound sterling.

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