News Update and Meetings |
ISASC(E) also holds regular meetings, where talks are given on interesting topics, and scales and weights can be compared, exchanged, and sometimes even bought and sold. The main reason for going is of course to meet friends old and new!
Postage charges from UK went up in November 2017 and March 2018. The Society aims to keep subscription and postage surcharges steady for as long as possible. We are very interested in any examples of damaged or undelivered mailings, so that we can make the proper claim. Please get in touch via the phone and Email contacts in your Membership List if you suspect something has gone astray.
EQM 3 of 2018 went out after some delay in October 2018. It contains a major article from Andre S on The Celler Egg Sorting Scale, Part 4 of Jan B's survey of letter opener scales, and two stunning back-page photos of members' collections on display.
EQM 2 of 2018 was posted on 19th June from UK. The front cover photo features a penny-weighing machine from Continental Scale Works in Chicago, comprising brass steelyard, bucket and folding tripod. The articles inside comprise 'McGiehan's Unique Postal', 'Rikkers Airmail Letter Scale', 'Mordan Style Sovereign Rockers', 'Letter Opener Scales', 'From the Collection of...' and an 'Old Advert' from the firm of Wrigley of Chicago (yes the famous chewing-gum people). The colour photos and illustrations are both informative and great to look at!
Issue 1 in March 2018 had a stunning colour photo on the cover and more inside, pages 4441-4468 contain some interesting USA Mint scales noted almost fortuitously by Thomas A, a wonderful article on chondrometers / grain weighing scales by Diana C-H, with a full treatment of the Scottish firm of Alexander Adie & Son, A Special Swedish Letter Scale described by Andre S and Roland O, Part 2 of Jan B's Letter Opening Scales and a really lovely item from Bill and Jan's collection in the form of a Troemner solder balance from the early 1900s.
Sharp-eyed readers will note that I've redacted some surnames above, because the European Chapter is currently working towards the European General Data Protection Regulation, coming into legal force on 25th May 2018. We're already data-aware, but expect some email and written communications soon about how the Society holds and processes your personal data, even if you're outside the geographical area of Europe.
As you may recall, our 2017 AGM was deferred because of insufficient members attending. In the last mailing of 2017 there was included a postal ballot to determine the business we need to transact for the sake of good governance. The result of this was that 28 members in good standing, and therefore a quorum, agreed to accept the business and the resolutions on the agenda. The amended Constitution has now been posted on this website. We had also set the date for a Summer meeting on Sunday 15th July 2018 at which it was possible to conclude the business of the deferred AGM. Officers remain the same, the accounts were accepted and there was no change to subscription rates.
Our Autumn meeting took place in the English Midlands on 8th October 2017, and we heard excellent talks on the 'Beale balance' (perhaps the earliest extant of Ludwig Oertling's scientific scales) and Barge Weighing and Gauging on British Canals - see here for an article derived from this latter presentation.
2016 brought the 40th Anniversary of the formation of the Society. We celebrated in a number of ways, particularly with our high-quality publication Equilibrium. Please consider sharing your knowledge by sending an article (with photos) to our hard-working Editor.
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2006 Autumn Meeting and AGM
This meeting was in the Yew Tree Lodge - a fine new venue for ISASC. The main theme of the meeting was 'Inspectors' scales and weights'. Many members bought items for display, with a fine assortment of Standard Weights and Measures, and some Inspectors' Balances. Amongst the weights and measures, Yorkshire was well represented, with some exceptional measures (including pre-Imperial ones) from Hang East & West, Lepton, Shepley and Bradford, and a full set of Globe weights from Ossett. The other side of the Pennines was also represented, with an unusual set of Pooley standard weights from Liverpool, measures from Manchester and Blackburn, and some amazing Tombstone measures from 'Hundred of Wirrall' (sic) and Macclesfield. This was much better than a museum, as you could (carefully!) handle the exhibits - indeed there were some for sale, for example a full set standard bell weights from Norfolk, a nice set of bronze measures from Suffolk, and a nice standard bell weight from Bucks. The meeting was treated to an interesting talk by John Knights and John Cheesman, mainly about their memories of their lives as Weights and Measures inspectors, which was very well received. After lunch there was a 'Show and Tell', with the two Johns being reinforced by Norman Biggs and Diana Crawforth-Hitchins. Running through the day were a couple of 'guess the weight' competitions, and a weights & measures quiz, which kept the members entertained. A big thank-you to all the members who made this event possible.
The Falcon Hotel,Stratford upon Avon2006 Summer Meeting
The W&T Avery Ltd Theme
Apart from the formalities of the AGM, members presented displays of the more exotic and unusual scales made by that longstanding and prolific scale-maker W & T Avery (later W & T Avery Ltd) of Birmingham. This generated tremendous interest and the meeting literally hummed with chat as experts and novices discussed finer points.
During a question and answer session Jack White, in his own inimitable way, demonstrated how the positioning of the fulcrum knife-edges and bearings of a Roberval scale determined the accuracy and sensitivity especially where verification was necessary.
Afterwards, Albert Rangeley spoke to point out how Jack had proved that Mordan scales had a flawed design feature that precluded them being sufficiently accurate and sensitive to pass rigid verification requirements. He referred to them, in a disparaging way, as 'gilt toys' which is the term often used in old trade directories to describe such products.
Nevertheless Albert exhibited a truly wonderful display of the most attractive and ornate Mordan scales that drew a lot of attention from the ladies present at the meeting. All the examples displayed by Albert were immaculate with original gilding and correct weights.
Noel Scarratt displayed an immaculate, gleaming, and very rare Avery turret scale together with a pristine set of nine porcelain Avery weights from 7lb down to 1oz. Two Avery bread scales and three elegant globe weights were also included in Noel's display. Gerry Chellingworth had on show a very early Avery Beam Scale and a rare early Avery Stilliard - both were snapped up on the day by eager collectors. Diana Crawforth-Hitchins had extracted some interesting Avery examples from her extensive collection and was busy throughout the day dealing with queries as they arose.
Altogether an interesting, and often fascinating, day. Rewarding too for the lucky purchasers but for all undoubtedly a memorable day.