Wood, brass, paper
closed: 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 5 3/8 in. ( 1.6 x 2.9 x 13.7 cm )
open: 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. ( 6.4 x 26.7 x 2.9 cm )
Collapsible brass coin scale in rectangular wooden case, with lid that folds over flat (creating a base for the scale) when latch on short end is released; scaffold-like scale is mounted on four legs, the front two of which swivel around the hinge joining the lid to the base of the box, and has a flat, trapezoidal pan suspended from one end of a horizontal bar with a sliding weight and stamped calibrations; strips of paper with printed instructions affixed to inside of case.
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
printed: on (2) paper strips affixed inside case: "The turn at the end for a guinea; -to the centre for half a guinea; - and the slide to the / cypher, where it stops; - every stop nearer the centre is a farthing above the currency; - the divisions / the other way are a penny each for light gold; - These balances are as accurate as the best of / scales, more expeditious, portable, and not so liable to be out of order."
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