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Jockey Scale by Thornhill of London

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This fine English jockey scale was crafted by W. Thornhill of London

Key Features

  • A wonderful English oak jockey scale in original condition by W. Thornhill of London
  • These scales were used to determine a jockey's weight before and after a race
  • The brass weights are representative of the actual "stones" a jockey weighed
  • The brass weights were made specific to each scale mechanism
  • The scale mechanism is stamped "W. THORNHILL/LONDON"
  • Circa 1890
  • This handsome English solid oak jockey scale retains its original tufted leather seat and solid bras

Item Details

  • Width:
    41 3/4" Inches
  • Height:
    32" Inches
  • Depth:
    21 3/8" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
This handsome English solid oak jockey scale retains its original tufted leather seat and solid brass weights by W. Thornhill of London. These beautiful scales were used at English tracks to determine the jockey's weight before a big race. This was done to prevent any one jockey from being lighter than the rules regulate, since it would give him and his horse the utmost advantage over their competitors. The scale works using brass weights that represent a certain number of stones, or the British unit of weight measurement, with each stone equaling 14 pounds. This particular model has two "8 stone" weights, and one each "4 stone", "2 stone" and "1 stone." Upon examining them, it becomes clear that the weights do not actually weigh the number of stones they are marked with. They are uniquely designed weights that are made for the particular scale for which they are used and simply represent the number of stones for which they are designated. In other words, in order for the scale to show a proper jockey weight, it must have the particular brass weights that were made for it. 

The scale mechanism is stamped "W. THORNHILL/LONDON" 

Circa 1890

41 3/4" wide x 21 3/8" deep x 32" high

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