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apothecary balance scale

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Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
997001027 a-p
Description
Apothecary balance scale which consists of several parts that fit together; these parts consist of (a) a balance post that has a central hollow cylindrical vertical metal piece set onto a round metal base that has two small screws in it; there is a moveable cylindrical piece that fits inside the ce…
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Accession Number
997001027 a-p
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Apothecary balance scale which consists of several parts that fit together; these parts consist of (a) a balance post that has a central hollow cylindrical vertical metal piece set onto a round metal base that has two small screws in it; there is a moveable cylindrical piece that fits inside the central post; the top of the inner piece has a rectangular-shaped piece with a slot in the centre and a flat T-shaped attachment with vertical increment lines at the back; a balance beam (b) fits into the slot; the beam has a flat metal bar that has a downwards triangular section in the centre; the top of the bar has an attached cylindrical needle; the ends of the central bar have small squared hooks attached; a lever (c) fits under the base of the central post and lifts up the inner piece when pulled downwards; the lever is made of a piece of flat metal with one end rounded and the other end with a semi-circular area that turns upwards and fits under the base of the central bar; there are also two wire tray suspenders (d,e) which hang from the hooks on the balance beam; each wire tray suspender has a solid cylindrical metal wire that is bent to a point at the top and curves downwards to join a tray at the bottom; the tray is round with tapered right and left sides; two round metal trays (f,g) fit on top of the tray suspenders; the trays are both round, flat metal that curves upwards slightly on the outer edges; there is a rounded handle piece on each tray that comes out from the edge; the scale comes with five weights (h-l); all the weights are round, flat metal pieces of differing weights: (h,i) 2 drachms, (j) 2 scruples, (k) 1/2 drachm and (l) 1scruple; the balance post fits onto (m) a rectangular wooden box; this box is hollow with a closed top, bottom, right, left and back sides; the top of the box has a hole in the centre into which the balance post fits; there is an attached piece of flat rectangular metal in front of the post hole where the lever rests when pulled downwards; the box has a drawer (n) which is closed on all sides except the top; the front panel has an attached knob in the centre; pieces of the scale fit inside the box drawer when not in use and the drawer fits inside the box; the knob sticks out from the box
Number Of Parts
16
Part Names
a - balance post: Size: Length 20.2 cm x Width 3.0 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
b - balance beam: Size: Length 13.6 cm x Width 7.1 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
c - lever: Size: Length 5.2 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.9 cm
d - wire tray suspender: Size: Length 8.6 cm x Width 4.0 cm x Depth 12.6 cm
e - wire tray suspender: Size: Length 8.6 cm x Width 4.0 cm x Depth 12.6 cm
f - tray: Size: Length 10.6 cm x Width 7.8 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
g - tray: Size: Length 10.6 cm x Width 7.8 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
h - weight: Size: Depth 0.2 cm x Diam. 2.2 cm
i - weight: Size: Depth 0.2 cm x Diam. 2.2 cm
j - weight: Size: Depth 0.1 cm x Diam. 1.8 cm
k - weight: Size: Depth 0.1 cm x Diam. 1.6 cm
l - weight: Size: Depth 0.1 cm x Diam. 1.4 cm
m - box/base: Size: Length 22.0 cm x Width 9.7 cm x Depth. 6.3 cm
n - box drawer: Size: Length 19.8 cm x Width 9.8 cm x Depth 4.2 cm
Provenance
Collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for the Queen's University Faculty of Medicine collection; possibly originally owned and used by Dr. Mackie
Material
metal: silver; yellow
wood: brown
Inscriptions
(h) One side of the weight has raised lettering that reads "3ii // TWO DRACHMS // PHILA. [an "M" inside a diamond shape] & N.Y."; the other side of the weight has raised lettering that reads, "3[two small vertical lines] // TWO DRACHMS // PHILA. [an "M" inside a diamond shape] & N.Y."; (i) both sides of the weight have raised lettering that reads, "3ii // *TWO DRACHMS* // H. TROEMNEP. PHILA."; (j) both sides of the weight have raised lettering that reads "[scruple symbol: large, backwards "e"]ii // TWO SCRUPLES // P.T. PHILA."; (k) both sides of the weight have raised lettering that reads "3S // HALF DRACHM * H.T. *"; (l) both sides of the weight have raised lettering that reads, "[scruple symbol]i // ONE SCRUPLE // * H.T. *"; (m) the inside back of the box has the word, "MACKIE" written on in ballpoint pen ink; (n) the bottom of the drawer has the word "MACKIE" written on in ballpoint pen ink
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A
Condition Remarks
All of the metal pieces show some evidence of corrosion -- weights (j-l) in particular; the box shows a great deal of wear; the central knob is missing areas from both sides; tape residue is visible on the outer edges and there are corrosion stains on the inside bottom of the drawer; #2: tarnished
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #60/60a; "Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Surgical Instruments and Orthopaedic Appliances" by Max Wocher & Son, 189-, p. 284 (2746) (see attached photocopy); Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; CD #5
Research Facts
The scales were used to measure small amounts of drugs; apothecary scale / balance scale
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apothecary weights

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Collection
Dr. Tony Travill Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
992047001 a-q
Description
Boxed set of brass apothecary weights from 1 - 500 grams; (a): simply-constructed walnut box with navy velvet lining inserted inside top & fitted compartments for all weights; box shows compartments for small rectangular weights/glass slides, which are presently empty (14 spaces); (b-n): cylinders …
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Accession Number
992047001 a-q
Collection
Dr. Tony Travill Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Boxed set of brass apothecary weights from 1 - 500 grams; (a): simply-constructed walnut box with navy velvet lining inserted inside top & fitted compartments for all weights; box shows compartments for small rectangular weights/glass slides, which are presently empty (14 spaces); (b-n): cylinders of brass in graduated sizes have spindle tops to enable wooden lifter to remove each weight from the case; two weights are stuck in their compartments and coudn't be removed for measuring or numbering (i & j).
Number Of Parts
17
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 22.8 cm. x Width 12.3 cm. x Depth 6.5 cm.
b - 1-gm weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm. x Diameter0.5
c - 1-gm weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm. x Diameter0.5
d - 1-gm weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm. x Diameter0.5
e - 2-gm weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm. x Diameter0.7
f - 5-gm weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm. x Diameter0.9
g - 10-gm weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm. x Diameter1.2
h - 10-gm weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm. x Diameter1.2
i - 20-gm weight (stuck) - Size:
j - 50-gm weight (stuck) - Size:
k - 100-gm weight - Size: Length 2.8 cm. x Diameter2.5
l - 100-gm weight - Size: Length 2.8 cm. x Diameter2.5
m - 200-gm weight - Size: Length 3.5 cm. x Diameter3.2
n - 500-gm weight - Size: Length 5.2 cm. x Diameter4.0
o - wooden lifter - Size: Length 10.0 cm. x Width 1.8 cm. x Depth 0.7 cm.
p - tweezers - Size: Length 9.8 cm. x Width 1.0 cm. x Depth 1.5 cm.
q - glass bar - Size: Length 9.5 cm. x Width 2.0 cm. x Depth 1.0 cm.
Provenance
Travill Catalogue
Material
wood: light brown
fabric: blue
metal: grey; yellow
glass: clear
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F8-5
Condition Remarks
wood cracked and filled with putty; (b - p): need some cleaning
Research Facts
Listed as brass apothecary weights
Exhibit History
To display in Museum: Potions, Pills and Prescriptions; May 1, 2000 - 28 Jan 2017.
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Dates
1936
circa 1936
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
993004304 a-z
Description
Portable balance; mechanism can be dismantled and stored in base drawer; base natural wood underneath, surface has recently been painted white; drawer also contains a circular container with weights inside; four square metal filaments; five coins in various values of the scruple or the drachm; draw…
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Accession Number
993004304 a-z
Author
Dr. Bracken
Collection
Dr. C. M. Bracken Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Portable balance; mechanism can be dismantled and stored in base drawer; base natural wood
underneath, surface has recently been painted white; drawer also contains a circular container
with weights inside; four square metal filaments; five coins in various values of
the scruple or the drachm; drawer also contains a knife, a stopper, two clips and a package
of circular paper filters
Number Of Parts
26
Part Names
a - base - Size:
b - drawer - Size:
c - central column - Size:
d - cross-arm - Size:
e - balance indicator - Size:
f - tray support - Size:
g - tray support - Size:
h - tray - Size:
i - tray - Size:
j - clip - Size:
k - clip - Size:
l - knife - Size:
m - stopper - Size:
n - pkg. of filters - Size:
o - container base - Size:
p - container lid - Size:
q-y - weight x 9 - Size:
z - account notice - Size:
aa - compact - Size: Length 27.5 cm. x Width 13.5 cm. x Depth 6.0 cm.
bb - assembled - Size: Length 27.5 cm. x Width 13.5 cm. x Depth 30.0 cm.
Site Made (Country)
Germany
Dates
1936
circa 1936
Date Remarks
date of account notice found in drawer
Material
wood: white
metal: silver; yellow
paper: beige
Inscriptions
Imprinted to column lever: MADE IN GERMANY
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
overall condition good; base has recently been painted white; tray supports and trays have been painted silver; #2: rubber stiff
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
JPG
Reference Comments
Mrs. Helen Bracken Anderson; CD #3
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balance, Sitoptic (?)

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Dates
1960
1970
circa 1960-1970
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
994008001 a-e
Description
Pewter grey/silver metal electrical tabletop "Sitoptic" balance for 0.1 mg - 200 gm has sliding curved glass door opening to suspended metal balance pan; inside panel has sticker from "Canadian Laboratory Supplies" with dates of servicings which list: May 73/April 75/ Oct. 75/July 76; has 157.0 cm-…
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Accession Number
994008001 a-e
Collection
Dr. Michael A. Chiong Patent Medicine Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Pewter grey/silver metal electrical tabletop "Sitoptic" balance for 0.1 mg - 200 gm has
sliding curved glass door opening to suspended metal balance pan; inside panel has sticker
from "Canadian Laboratory Supplies" with dates of servicings which list: May 73/April 75/
Oct. 75/July 76; has 157.0 cm-long cord; top of machine lifts off for adjustments; plastic
cover has opening in back to accomodate electrical box
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - machine - Size: Length 43.5 cm. x Width 44.5 cm. x Depth 51.5 cm.
b - scale pan - Size: Length 25.5 cm. x Width 13.0 cm. x Depth 7.3 cm.
c - scale hook - Size: Length 3.0 cm. x Width 0.8 cm. x Depth 1.1 cm.
d - plastic hood - Size: Length 39.5 cm. x Width 38.0 cm. x Depth 50.0 cm.
e - cord - Size: Length 157.0 cm.
Provenance
Used by Dr. Chiong, Queen's
Maker
Becker's Sons
Dates
1960
1970
circa 1960-1970
Material
plastic: silver; black
metal: grey: silver
glass: clear
Inscriptions
"Fijn-Mechanische Industrie // 'BECKER'S SONS N.V.'"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-B1-3
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #7
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balance trays and hangers

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Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
997001028 a-d
Description
Set of balance hangers with trays, which consist of two hangers (a,b) and two trays (c,d); the hangers both consist of a solid cylindrical metal wire that is bent to a point at the top and curves downwards to join a flat metal bar at the bottom; there is another metal bar attached to the top of thi…
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Accession Number
997001028 a-d
Collection
Queen's University Faculty of Medicine Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Set of balance hangers with trays, which consist of two hangers (a,b) and two trays (c,d); the hangers both consist of a solid cylindrical metal wire that is bent to a point at the top and curves downwards to join a flat metal bar at the bottom; there is another metal bar attached to the top of this bar with a central pivot; the top bar can be moved so as to create an 'X', or fit on top of the bottom bar; both bars curve slightly upwards; trays fit on top of the metal bars; both trays are made of a flat piece of round metal that has had its edges curved slightly upwards; there is a round handle piece on each tray that comes out from the edge
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - balance hanger (open): Size: Length 7.8 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 14.6 cm
b - balance hanger (open): Size: Length 7.8 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 14.6 cm
c - tray: Size: Length 9.4 cm x Width 7.6 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
d - tray: Size: Length 9.4 cm x Width 7.6 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Dr. H.C. Mabee; collected by Dr. A.A. Travill for Queen's Faculty of Medicine
Material
metal: silver; dark grey
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
The metal of all pieces shows wear and some staining; the tray tops have minor corrosion visible; #2: tarnished
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Document
JPG
Reference Comments
Previous number #66; "Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Surgical Instruments and Orthopaedic Appliances" by Max Wocher & Son, 189-, p. 284 (2746) (see attached photocopy); Faculty of Medicine Collection 1984 Inventory; CD #5
Research Facts
These pieces would have come with an apothecary balance scale set that measured small amounts of drugs
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balance weights

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Dates
1944
circa 1944
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Pharmacy Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
994002004 a-e
Description
Small hinged wooden case holds four of original six brass weights.
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Accession Number
994002004 a-e
Collection
Kingston General Hospital Pharmacy Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Small hinged wooden case holds four of original six brass weights.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 9.2 cm. x Width 4.8 cm. x Depth 3.1 cm.
b - 4 dr. weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm. x Diameter1.7
c - 2 dr. weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm. x Diameter1.4
d - 1 dr. weight - Size: Length 1.2 cm. x Diameter1.1
e - 2 s. weight - Size: Length 1.1 cm. x Diameter1.0
Provenance
Used at KGH Pharmacy
Dates
1944
circa 1944
Date Remarks
written on case
Material
wood: light brown
metal: yellow
Inscriptions
Handwritten in black ink on bottom of case: "Oct. 27 44"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F8-5
Condition Remarks
shows wear; #2: stained
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #3
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Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
000006025 a-c
Description
The balance is attached in a case, and would be used for weighing rather small amounts; placed on a marble slab are two identical sample/weight pans of metal, a metal weighing pan, a scale, and a level window made of metal and glass; other parts, such as a beam and the central pivot, are enclosed i…
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Accession Number
000006025 a-c
Collection
Mr. Jack Willson Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
The balance is attached in a case, and would be used for weighing rather small amounts; placed on a marble slab are two identical sample/weight pans of metal, a metal weighing pan, a scale, and a level window made of metal and glass; other parts, such as a beam and the central pivot, are enclosed in a wooden box under the marble slab and are not visible; a wooden box with a glass top panel is attached to the marble slab with two hinges at one edge; this top cover protects the parts above the marble slab when the scale is not in use; each sample/weight pan is concave and is supported by a vertical rod that must be connected to the beam in the wooden box; each pan has a long projection pointing to the centre of the instrument; the tip of this pointer is painted black and it moves up and down in front of the scale that is placed mid-way between the two pans; the scale is a flat, rectangular piece of white natural product (ivory?); it is rounded at the top edge, is graduated in black, and is held upright with a metal bracket and four screws, on the marble slab, behind the two pointers extending from the pans; the end of the bracket on the marble slab is connected to a level window behind the scale; the level window is a cylindrical metal dome; between the metal dome and the marble slab is enclosed a glass capsule containing water and an air bubble; two legs on the instrument on the right side of the viewer are screws held by nuts protruding from the side of the instrument; by rotating these two screws, the level of the instrument can be adjusted; two other legs on the left side of the viewer are wooden; a knob at the front centre of the lower wooden box is a beam stopper; when in use, the beam is released by rotating the knob in one direction, and when not in use, the beam is held securely by rotating the knob in the other direction (to protect the beam from damage caused by vibration); there is a trace of a rectangular tag that was once attached on the front centre of the upper wooden cover; there is also a trace of an oval tag that was once attached on the reight front of the lower wooden box; there are two screw holes on the left front of the lower wooden box; the two tags and six screws are missing; on the back of the lower wooden box, at the centre, an end of a metal shaft projects about 2 mm; around the end of the shaft, a metal ring is attached to hold a sign; the weighing pan, used to hold samples or weights during measurement, is a concave metal disk that is placed on the marble slab at the centre.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 19.8 cm x Width 34.1 cm x Depth 15.9 cm
b - pan - Size: Length 13.8 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
c - pan - Size: Length 13.8 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
Provenance
Owned by Jack Willson
Material
metal: silver; yellow
glass: clear
ivory (?): cream
marble: white
wood: brown
Inscriptions
The sign on the metal ring tag on the back reads, "PENNA&N.Y.APPDTYPE 1Y // SERIAL W2"; on the back of each sample/weight pan, a "5" is engraved where the pointer joins the disc.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-A2-3
Condition Remarks
When donated, objects 000.006.026-.030 were placed inside the cover of this item; the beam (below the marble slab, not visible) and the beam stopper work smoothly; minor corrosion on metal parts; numerous minor losses and discolouration on wood and marble; dirty with brown/black residue;
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
JPG
Reference Comments
"Catalog of Laboratory Apparatus and Scientific Instruments JC-141," Central Scientific Company of Canada Ltd., 1942, p. 31 (similar to item 7450) (please see attached photocopy); CD #3
Research Facts
This was approved by authority for accurate measurement.
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beam balance scale

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Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
Accession Number
002050412 a-h
Description
Precision balance beam scale consists of: center vertical brass balance post set on Bakelite base (a) with plumb bob tilt indicator; perpendicular balance beam (b) with increment lines; pan hangers (c, d); round metal lipped pans (e, f); and two hooks (g, h); cream plastic indicator scale; manufact…
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Accession Number
002050412 a-h
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Basic Science Artifacts
Classification
Basic Science, Laboratory Instrumentation
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Precision balance beam scale consists of: center vertical brass balance post set on Bakelite base (a) with plumb bob tilt indicator; perpendicular balance beam (b) with increment lines; pan hangers (c, d); round metal lipped pans (e, f); and two hooks (g, h); cream plastic indicator scale; manufacturer's label embossed into plastic base .
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a - balance - Size: Length 37.8 cm x Width 24.8 cm x Depth 15.0 cm
b - perpendicular beam - Size: Length 27.6 cm x Width 24.8 cm x Depth 3.6 cm
c - d - pan hanger - Size: Length 21.5 cm x Width 11.3 cm x Depth 1.2 cm
e -f - pan - Size: Length 9.0 cm x Diam 1.2 cm
g - h - hooks– Size: Length 4.5 cm x Width 4.0 cm x Depth 0.8 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine
Maker
Griffin & Tatlock Ltd.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1930
1950
circa 1930-1950
Date Remarks
Donor's remarks
Material
metal: yellow, silver
plastic: brown, cream, translucent
Inscriptions
Embossed on the base (a): "GRIFFIN & TATLOCK LTD. // LONDON // EDINBURGH MANCHESTER // GLASGOW LIVERPOOL"; on scale: "MICOROID"; engraved on the perpendicular beam (b): "GRIFFIN & TATLOCK LTD BRITISH MADE 250 GM"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-B2-2
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #6
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brass hand-held dispensing scales

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Dates
1867
circa 1867
Collection
Dr. Herbert J. Saunders Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
002006001 a-l
Description
Brass hand-held dispensing scales, consisting of two circular concave brass pans, each with three evenly spaced holes near the edge, connected through these with braided cords to a brass beam with swan neck ends; the beam has a fenestrated rectangular tab attached with a pin to the midsection, and …
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Accession Number
002006001 a-l
Collection
Dr. Herbert J. Saunders Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
House Calls
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Brass hand-held dispensing scales, consisting of two circular concave brass pans, each with three evenly spaced holes near the edge, connected through these with braided cords to a brass beam with swan neck ends; the beam has a fenestrated rectangular tab attached with a pin to the midsection, and lines up with a pointed bar that extends upwards from the bar's midsection; the scales are accompanied by ten square brass measures of varying thicknesses, using the Roman system of scruple, drachm and grain weights; the weights are kept in a brass-lidded compartment in the scale case (l); the case is wood, covered outside with green leather with a gold embossed logo on the top; the case is lined with purple velvet and has an indentation to accomodate the scale; the front latch of the case consists of a hook and pin.
Number Of Parts
12
Part Names
a - balance scales - Size: Length 15.0 cm x Width 14.5 cm x Depth 6.0 cm
b - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.5 cm
c - weight - Size: Length 1.6 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
d - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm x Depth 0.2 cm
e - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
f - weight - Size: Length 1.4 cm x Width 1.4 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
g - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.3 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
h - weight - Size: Length 1.5 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
i - weight - Size: Length 1.3 cm x Width 1.3 cm x Depth 0.1 cm
j - weight - Size: Length cm x Width cm x Depth 0.1 cm
k - weight - Size: Length cm x Width cm x Depth 0.1 cm
l - case - Size: Length 16.7 cm x Width 7.6 cm x Depth 2.8 cm
Provenance
Given to donor by Catherine Saunders, youngest daughter of original owner, Dr. Herbert J. Saunders, M.R.C.S.E., Queen's Meds 1867; donor was Miss Saunders's physician (see attached photocopy)
Dates
1867
circa 1867
Date Remarks
Based on graduation date of Dr. Herbert Saunders
Material
paper: green
ink: yellow
leather: green
wood: tan
fabric: purple; green
metal: brown
Inscriptions
On the top of the case, there was a logo of an eagle grasping three arrows in one talon and a branch in the other, embossed in gold ink; on the bottom of the case, "R2e/7L7" is handwritten in pencil; weight (b) has a weight symbol etched into both sides of the metal; weight (c) has a weight symbol etched on one side; and "2 // [weight symbol}" on the other ;side; weight (d) has "½ Drachm [cursive]" etched on one side and a weight symbol etched on the other; weight (e) has a weight symbol etched on one side; weight (f) has six round indentations stamped into the metal; weight (g) has five round indentations stamped into the metal; weight (h) has four round indentations stamped into the metal; weight (i) has "6 // GRS" stamped into the metal; weight (j) has "5 // GRS" stamped into the metal; weight (k) has "4 // GRS" stamped into the metal.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
Both brass pans had several patches of discolouration, possibly from contact with the cord; weight (d) had a strip of corrosion on one side; weights (f-h) showed signs of orange rust; the leather around the clasp on the box (l) was worn and torn; the gold ink from the embossed logo had deteriorated by approximately 90%; the velvet had faded slightly and was dusty; (2): box cover torn around latch; metal tarnished; spots of inactive corrosion; velvet fading in places; leather stained and discoloured.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Person
Other
JPG
Reference Comments
"Physician's Balance Scales," by Dr. H.W. Cumming; "Antique Medical Instruments," by Elizabeth Bennion, 1986, pp. 284-5 (similar to Fig. 15) ; "Catalogue of Surgical Instruments & Appliances," by Down Bros. Ltd., 1906, p. 1405 (similar to #6240); "Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Max Wocher and Son," by Max Wocher & Son, 189-, p. 284 (similar to #2748); OHIOLink online catalogue OCLC #33231027 (see attached photocopies); CD #7
Research Facts
Possibly carried by Dr. Saunders for house calls, to measure medication ingredients and/or to weigh patients' fees to prevent fraud.
Exhibit History
On display in Bracken wing Feb. 12, 2004-Feb. 2005
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dispensing scales

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Dates
1830
1899
1830-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Accession Number
1974.9.1 a-h
Description
Pocket dispensing scales in a wooden case with four weights; consists of (a) the bar from which the scales are suspended; (b,c) circular metal trays; (d-g) rectangular weights; and (h) the wooden case, the inside bottom of which is lined with a coarse green material.
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Accession Number
1974.9.1 a-h
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
MeSH Heading
Weights and Measures
Pharmacy -- instrumentation
MM= Drug Compounding -- scales
Description
Pocket dispensing scales in a wooden case with four weights; consists of (a) the bar from which the scales are suspended; (b,c) circular metal trays; (d-g) rectangular weights; and (h) the wooden case, the inside bottom of which is lined with a coarse green material.
Number Of Parts
8
Part Names
a - bar - Size: Length 21.5 cm x Width 17.5 cm
b - metal tray - Size: Diam. 6.9 cm
c - metal tray - Size: Diam. 6.9 cm
d - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.6 cm x Depth 0.3 cm
e - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.5 cm x Depth 0.4 cm
f - weight - Size: Length 1.7 cm x Width 1.0 cm x Depth 0.25 cm
g - weight - Size: Length 1.0 cm x Diam. 0.8 cm
h - case - Size: Length 20.2 cm x Width 9.0 cm x Depth 3.0 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Dr. A.D. Kelly of Toronto.
Dates
1830
1899
1830-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "mid 19c.-late 19c."
Material
wood: red
fabric: green
fabric: black
metal: yellow; silver
Inscriptions
A paper label affixed to the underside of the lid has a series of handwritten conversions or equivalencies of apothecary weights into grains (?) and ounces.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A8-6
Condition Remarks
(a) metal scale shows some moderate signs of use; brownish-black discolouration on 40%; white deposit between the cracks of the scale; (b) weight has brown discolouration in patches, and minor scratches; the bottom has a large brown stain in the centre and some scratches and nicks; (c) patches of brown spots on approx. 2%; the bottom also shows signs of use; (h) box shows signs of use; scratches and minor stains; no signs of mould
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
Exhibit History
Agnes Etherington Art Centre - July 2002; on display in "When Medicine Met Science" exhibit, Ann Baillie Building, April 29, 2003
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