Rustic And Original

Opium Scale and Case. Fully Open.

Opium Balance Scale

With Artistic Elephant Wood Case


Opium Scale and Case. Semi Open. Originally Made for the Opium Trade and Also Used to Weigh Gold, These Scales, As Rudimentary as They May Seem, are in fact Quite Accurate: Consisting of a Balance Beam with a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!

Opium Scale and Case. Extended. 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
Gold Rush and With Them They Brought This
Type of Scale. Since They Also Brought Opium
With Them the Scale Was Aptly Named.

Although This Scale Looks Quite Old, Since
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.

Opium Scale and Case. Closed. Rich in Beautiful Details, The Wood Case is Equally Elaborate on
Both Sides.

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:

  • Extended Scale:
    Approx. 10 1/2" Tall.
    Approx. 4 1/2" Wide (Outer Plate to Outer Plate).

  • Balance Beams:
    Outer: Approx. 3 1/2" Wide.

  • Plates:
    Approx. 1 5/8" in Diameter.

  • Antique Copper Finish.

  • Case:
    Carved Solid Wood.
    Swivel Top.
    Elephant Theme.
    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.

  • Vintage Item.
  • No Box.


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    Opium Scale and Case. Folded.
    With Elephant Bi-Frontal Wood Case

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