COLLECTING SCALES AND WEIGHTS - AN ABSORBING AND FASCINATING HOBBY|
Members of the
'INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUE SCALE COLLECTORS (EUROPE)'
...love to share (by phone, letter, email and/or personal contact) their pleasure in collecting and exploring
the enormous range of scales and weights that have been produced since the civilization of Mankind!
Meeting in England occasionally, members hear lectures, show new acquisitions, buy and sell scales and weights
in an entirely informal way.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL SCALE AND WEIGHTS ENTHUSIASTS! Hoping 2019 will be an interesting and successful one for you whatever your interest.
EQM 2018 Issue 4 was posted from the UK in the third week of December. In the UK it arrived just after the Christmas break, 27th December or thereabouts. Some important documents are enclosed, so if it hasn't arrived by 15th January please notify the Treasurer by email.
The quality of the research and the colour photographs is excellent. Topics covered in pages 4525-4552 include Ball & Rod Postal Scales; German Gold Scales Brought to the USA by the Pennsylvania Dutch (typically 18th century); a coloured Fairbanks Scale trade card; Chevalier a Arrest as a puzzling maker's name on a French coin balance; a rare multi-coin folding balance by Anthony Wilkinson of Lancashire ; and letter-opener scales, the subject of various US patents.
The General Data Protection Regulation came into force in the UK on 25th May 2018. Members' data are already protected by exisiting rules and regulations, and the principle of confidentiality is dear to our hearts, as you may have gathered from the statement on the front of our paper-only Members' List.
The society's respected quarterly journal 'EQUILIBRIUM'(abbreviated to EQM) provides the enthusiast with detailed researches into scales, balances and associated topics, including family history, industrial archaeology and antique curios. A regular Newsletter Fulcrum provides the personal stories behind collecting activities of our members and their displays and quirky multi-disciplinary notes in the fields of social history and engineering.
The pictures below illustrate the range and variety of scales and balances that so fascinate our members -
An exquisite coin weight balance
A modern 20th-century scale, also for weighing coins!
A highly collectible set of standard or reference weights and measures - Victorian and earlier brass / copper-alloy engineering with aesthetic appeal. Historical and family research can be based on manufacturers' names, Government stamps, paper ephemera, and even metal detector finds!
These colourful egg weighing machine test poises are a blend of scientific apparatus and practical equipment, for use on farms. A full set of instructions adds a great deal of context about how they were used.
The traditional equal-armed scales were often made with extra features for specific purposes, to a high degree of accuracy. Often hidden away in attics or on trade premises, they can turn up at boot sales, markets, in online auctions, for sale at reasonable prices and in want of some restoration. Cleaning them, and learning how they work, can be a fascinating project, with fellow-Members willing to offer advice and help.
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News and fascinating snippets can be found in
IMPORTANT! advice for those who buy unusual weights for scales -
please check out some important history on our Collecting page.
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