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drug preparation scale; apothecary scale

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Collection
John Marshall Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
996019002 a-g
Description
Hand-held drug preparation scale with weights, in a case; (a) the case is made of two pieces of wood; the bottom has hollowed-out sections, lined with paper, which were made to hold the scale and weights; the top is hinged on at the back with brass hinges and has other hinges at the front to hold t…
Accession Number
996019002 a-g
Collection
John Marshall Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Hand-held drug preparation scale with weights, in a case; (a) the case is made of two pieces of
wood; the bottom has hollowed-out sections, lined with paper, which were made to hold the scale
and weights; the top is hinged on at the back with brass hinges and has other hinges at the front
to hold the case closed; (b) hand-held scale which consists of a horizontal metal bar that is held
up by a vertical piece of hinged metal in the centre; at each end of the bar, there is a round,
flat brass pan (slightly turned up at the edges) attached with three pieces of string through holes
in the brass; the string attachments form a triangle at the bottom and come together at the top to
attach onto the rod; (c-d) flat square brass weights made to be used with the balance scale; (e-f)
flat round brass weights made to be used with the balance scale
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 13.5 cm. x Width 4.9 cm. x Depth 2.2 cm.
b - balance scales (held up) - Size: Length 14.4 cm. x Width 3.7 cm. x Depth 13.8 cm.
c - weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm. x Width 1.0 cm.
d - weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm. x Width 1.2 cm.
e - weight - Size: x Depth 0.4 cm. x Diameter2.0
f - weight - Size: x Depth 0.1 cm. x Diameter1.4
g - weight - Size: x Depth 0.2 cm. x Diameter1.2
Provenance
Originally owned by John Marshall, M.B., then owned by his son, Dr. John Marshall
Material
wood: brown; yellow
metal: dark grey
fabric: yellow; red
paper: off-white
Inscriptions
(a) Weight stamped in centre with a "2"; (d) weight stamped in centre with a "3"; (e) engraved into
the weight is a line around the edge and two circles in the centre; "S" appears above the circles
and "27" below; (f) engraved into the weight is a line around the edge and two circles in the
centre; "S" appears above the circles and "5.3" below; (g) engraved into the weight is a line
around the edge and two circles in the centre; "S" appears above the circles and "4.6" below
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
(a) Wood has minor wear marks; there are no cracks or missing sections; the tip of the left hinge
at the front is broken; (b) the rod shows minor corrosion on the metal; the brass pans are tarnished;
the strings are dirty; (c-d) the small square weights show tarnish and very minor corrosion;
(e-g) the round brass weights are tarnished, but have no visible corrosion
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. John Marshall
Less detail