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Re: VMs: Libra
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"
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
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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