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Jockey Scale by Young

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This Youngs' jockey scale is a remarkable piece of horse racing history

Key Features

  • This magnificent jockey scale was created by Youngs' of London
  • Crafted of solid oak, the scale boasts wonderful carved friezes and rope-twist legs
  • The scale mechanism is formed of brass, along with its full set of weights
  • This scale would have insured a jockey was racing fairly by weighing him before and after the race
  • The scale mechanism is inscribed "Youngs/London"
  • Circa 1890
  • 36 1/2" wide x 21 1/2" deep x 35 1/2" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    36 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    35 1/2 Inches
  • Depth:
    21 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
This fascinating English jockey scale was made by Youngs' of London, the most famous maker of jockey scales of the 19th century. It is crafted of solid oak and features a tufted leather seat, rope-twist legs and a built-in brass scale balanced by a full set of solid brass weights. These wonderfully designed scales were used at English horse tracks to determine the jockey's weight before and after a big race. 

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 exact brass weights that were made for it. 

Scale inscribed "Youngs/London"

Circa 1890

36 1/2" wide x 21 1/2" deep x 35 1/2" high

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