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Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
003050041
Description
A postal scale made out of metal; has a platform on the top which depresses when an object is placed on it causing a needle on the face to move; the face lists the prices that it would cost to send something.
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Accession Number
003050041
Collection
Dennis and Brenda Marsden Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Postal Service
Weights and Measures
Description
A postal scale made out of metal; has a platform on the top which depresses when an object is placed on it causing a needle on the face to move; the face lists the prices that it would cost to send something.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Found in a cabinet in the donors' basement after they bought the house from John Briscoe of Briscoe's pharmacy which was located at 229 Princess Street in Kingston from 1954 to 1966; it is likely that Briscoe acquired the collection during his career as a pharmacists.
Maker
Essex Specialty Co. Inc.
Site Made (City)
Berkeley Heights
Site Made (State)
New Jersey
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Material
metal: black
Inscriptions
"PERFECT POSTAL SCALE // BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N. J. U.S.A. // Canadian Address // P.O. BOX 1837 // MONTREAL" printed on the face with various other weight and price information
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-B2-4
Dimension Notes
Length 9.5 cm x Width 9.5 cm x Depth 14.3 cm
Condition Remarks
The metal shows signs of mild corrosion and has a lot of scrathes; the face is faded and stained.
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
Kingston City Directories; CD #9
Research Facts
John Briscoe took over Bishop's Drugs Ltd in 1954; Bishop owned another store at 528 Princess Street from 1946 to 1954 and it had been a drug store under other ownership from 1923 until 1946; this is a possible origin of some of the collection.
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