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Bavarian Pharmacy Scale

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This stunning apothecary's scale is a wonder of Bavarian craftsmanship

Key Features

  • This incredibly rare Bavarian stand holds eight apothecary's scales
  • This monumental piece was crafted of walnut during the Biedermeier period
  • Measuring up to 500 grams, the scales are comprised of brass, with horn, brass and porcelain pans
  • Circa 1825
  • 20 ½" diameter x 30 ¾" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    30 3/4 Inches
  • Diameter:
    20 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
This amazing and extremely rare Bavarian Biedermeier-period pharmacy scale stand would have been at home at any apothecary's shop during the mid-19th century. Crafted of walnut with bold giltwood accents, this stand holds eight separate sets of balance scales with brass beams and pointers, and weighing pans made of horn, brass and porcelain. The balances are of varying sizes; the largest is capable of measuring up to 500 grams, while smallest weighs up to 5 grams. The delicate porcelain scales even indicate what they were used to weigh: one set is marked "Jodoform," or iodoform, a disinfectant and antiseptic once used to treat wounds, and the other is marked "Venena," which is Latin for "poisons." Each scale also exhibits stamps indicating that they have been tested for accuracy. It is extremely rare to find such a large array of scales, especially those in such wonderful condition, in one collection. This intriguing piece is a must for any medical antiques enthusiast.

Circa 1825

20 ½" diameter x 30 ¾" high

The units of measurement in which apothecaries worked were often minute: grains, scruples, drams and ounces. As they were typically used to measure very small amounts of ingredients, apothecary and analytical scales such as these needed to be accurate and very sensitive. The most accurate and sensitive scales first appeared in the 18th century, coincidentally as great strides were being made in the scientific and medical arts during the Enlightenment. This was accomplished by decreasing the friction of the scale's hinges, so that they indicated even the slightest change.

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