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Re: VMs: Libra

Hi everyone,

For scales, how could I have possibly overlooked the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors (ISASC)?

...and here's the Dutch Association of Scales and Weights Collectors website, plus their list of scale-related museums across Europe:-

There are some amazing scales to be seen:-

The closest one I've found (to the VMs' Libra) is a "Poison Scale", a 'brass beam scale with buckets made of porcelain include the text "MOSCHUS" ( Musk)':-

Another bibliography / book-list on weights:-

Rene is correct, in that these hand-scales are completely standard - however, as materials and scale production techniques evolved, so perhaps did the standard (after all, the point about hand scales would surely have been they were portable - so weight would have been important, etc). Certainly, the (later) hand-scales I've seen online seem quite a lot lighter than the VMs, so who knows? :-)

Also, perhaps different types of scale-user would have used different types of dish... OK, there may not be *that* much more to find out here, but you'll never know if a deep dish will lead to a deep pan (pizza) until you try. :-)

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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