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Pic Letter 41

Typical English Roberval letter scale with one weight and one letter plate. Three weights are insert in the wooden base 2,1,1/2 oz. No maker sign on the beam.

Classic design made by many firms from 1840 to around 1940. Many variations in decorative style including, filigree brass bases, china bases, wedgwood plaques set into the plates, enamelledpatterns, inlaid stone flowers, etc, etc. The plain style shown is the most common. Weights were commonly flat, round, stacking, and providet with a knob on the top one ( often missing ). Top two weights nomaly the same value, e.g. 1/4, 1/4 oz or 1/2, 1/2 oz. Weights over 2 oz were often lead cased in brass. " Bottle " weights or square knobbed weights were also used.

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