COLLECTING SCALES AND WEIGHTS - AN ABSORBING AND FASCINATING HOBBY|
Members of the
'INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUE SCALE COLLECTORS (EUROPE)'
...love to share, now partly through this website, their pleasure in collecting and exploring
the enormous range of scales and weights that have been produced since the civilization of Mankind!
Due to falling membership and increasing costs, the Society is in the process of changing to a less formal group of enthusiasts, with no yearly subscription, but lots of contact and exchange of information by electronic means, such as this website. Look out for changes in the coming months of 2020. An Extraordinary General Meeting will be called early in March 2020 to attempt to wind up the financial and charitable status of ISASC(Europe). After this winding-up, the governance burdens will hopefully be lightened, and exchange of information between like-minded collectors and researchers can continue. Electronic communications are set to grow in importance, and collaborative working should bring extra opportunities for enjoying the hobby.
Our 2019 Annual General Meeting took place on 23rd October after the lunch break for the Rothamsted Research visit. There are likely to be some changes in the running of ISASC(E)'s activities - the first of which is that NO subscriptions for next year will be collected.
Important! Obtaining the EQM magazine directly from ISASC USA should still be possible - please consider going to their website (it's in the Links ) and find their offer for new members under 'Join Us'.
Issue 3 of EQM 2019 went out from the UK on 23rd September.
Please note that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 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. Also on offer are 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.
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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