Rustic And Original
With Artistic Elephant Wood Case
Opium Balance Scale
Originally Made for the Opium Trade and Also Used to Weigh Gold, These Scales,
As Rudimentary as They May Seem, are in fact Quite Accurate:
Consisting of a Balance Beam with a Centering Needle That's Made of Copper and Two Pans, Also Made With
Hand Hammered Copper.
The Opium Powder (or Gold) Was Put on One side and the Balancing Weights on the Other.
Simple but Creative, Especially with its Artistically Carved Wood Carrying Case,
Into Which it All Fits Very Neatly.
A Rare and Fascinating Collector's Piece!
Known as the "Chinese Scale" and Commonly Referred to as "Opium Scale" Because Originally
It May Have Been Used for That Purpose.
The Chinese Migrated to America During the
and With Them They Brought This
Type of Scale. Since They Also Brought Opium
Them the Scale Was Aptly Named.
Although This Scale Looks Quite Old, Since
Rich in Beautiful Details,
The Wood Case is Equally Elaborate on
We Have no Documentation Regarding Its Age
and Origin, We Cannot Assert That it's an Antique. Therefore We Categorize It as a Vintage Item.
Vintage Item With Some Age Marks
As With All Vintage Scales, Some Tarnish, Rust, Scratches,
Dings, Stains, etc. Are Present and Therefore To Be Expected.
Dimensions and Specifications:
Approx. 10 1/2" Tall.
Approx. 4 1/2" Wide (Outer Plate to Outer Plate).
Outer: Approx. 3 1/2" Wide.
Approx. 1 5/8" in Diameter.
Antique Copper Finish.
Carved Solid Wood.
Approx. 6 1/2" at the Widest Point. (Closed).
Approx. 11" at the Widest Point. (Open).
Approx. 3 1/2" at the Highest Point.
Approx. 1 3/8" Thick.
There are No Markings Stating the Country of Origin. Similar Scales are Made in China and Other Asian Countries.
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Handcrafted Copper Vintage Opium Scale
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