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Rare Maw Antique Apothecary Pharmacey Scales Balance For Sale
In earlier times, we had to rely on passing or visiting apothecaries for our medicines. To dispense them, the apothecary used sets of hand held beam balances and weights. These had panes made of varying materials depending on the preparation being dispensed and the scales continued to be used in dispensing chemists until the advent of more modern weighing machines.
This sale is for a superb and increasingly rare set of travelling scales, where the set can be unassembled and stored in the base drawer. The set was made by the renowned English manufacturer S Maw Son & Sons of Aldersgate Street, London. In 1814 George Maw, a former Lincolnshire farmer, purchased a surgical plaster factory at Whitecross Street in London. The factory soon began to manufacture surgical instruments and later expanded to produce a variety of medical and pharmaceutical products. The company changed its name to S Maw Son & Sons in 1901
The set is operated by depressing a lever, which lifts the beam and pans, enabling items to be weighed. The 8" brass beam with turned finials is marked Class B (for accurate weighing) and this dates the set to post 1907). The set has one brass and one glasspane, measuring 3" in diameter. There are also a number of brass apothecary weights. The mahogany drawer/box measures 10.5" by 5" by 2.5" high and the scales when assembled are 14" in height. The drawer has a turned knob.
A stunning and highly collectable piece of history.