|Object ID #||1971.013.007abc|
|Title||Counter-Style Apothecary Scales|
|Lexicon category||5: T&E For Science & Technology|
|Place of Origin||Europe|
|Description||Apothecary (druggist) scales with marble top and brass pans. The case has burl walnut inlay insertions, with a shaped, white-coloured marble top. The carcase of the scales is made of black-finished wood, which has angled corners and a slightly jutting-out edge at the bottom. The front has an oval-shaped glass window which has a brass "Garter" design escutcheon around it. Viewed inside the window is a white surface, which has two vertical, elliptical holes. Each hole has a corresponding brass pointing arrow. Its original weights were donated later on (see 1972.093.001 a-g). On the front of the varnished wooden base is "E. Mairet Direct Usinesdella-Mulatiere Portee 15 Kil". There is lion crest with a crown atop it. The two brass pans are recessed. The center of their top surfaces has a mark impressed that consists of a crown, a five-pointed motif, and "V" and "R" flanking a crown. The brass pans sit on brass cross-piece holders (which have a width of 2.3 cm). The holders have upturned ends to keep the pans from shifting. The holders have short sleeves on the bottom which fit onto the red-painted rods that operate the scales. The rods are surrounded where they rise up from the marble top by mushroom-cap-shaped brass rings. The weights would have had an Imperial Standard weight to each one.|
"E. Mairet Direct Usinesdella-Mulatiere Portee 15 Kil"
"CANADA / S"
May have been used in connection with J. Spragge's grocery business in Owen Sound, Grey County. A very similar-looking counter scale is seen in a photographic image of the interior of the W. H. Taylor drug store in Owen Sound, Ontario in the 1890s.
Last owned by Marjorie Spragge of Owen Sound, Grey County.
|Collection||Pharmaceutical Equipment Collection|
|Dimensions||W-58 L-25 cm|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|