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Pair of copper-alloy scales with textile remains

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posted on 27.10.2021, 13:24 by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Brent 1866, 161: The balance and scales are quite perfect, and beautiful specimens. The beam is about five inches long, and is slightly chased; the end of the thread or silk which suspended the scales still adheres to its ends, and some more was at first adhering to the scales themselves; these are an inch and seven-eighths in diameter. Another such pair was lately found at Ozingell,with weights and coins[1]; and another, much mutilated, with eighteen weights, or coins adapted as weights, was taken from a grave at Gilton by Bryan Faussett, more than a century ago.[1]Collectanea Antiqua, vol. iii. plate iv.Small bronze balance and scales lying with weights at left foot. Beam about 5 inches long. Scales 1 7/8 inches in diameter. Thread or silk for suspending scales still intact on beam and more found on scales.Catalogue number attributed to this object from an entry in the catalogue (Payne 1892a, 29). The same catalogue number is asigned to the 19 weights. – D.H.


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Sarre Grave 26

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KAS 469


copper alloy, textile (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; bronze, silk) (Antiquarian Material; bronze)

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scales (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; balance, scales) (Antiquarian Keyword; balance, scales)




Maidstone Museum


Kent Archaeological Society

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