Infant weighing machine, Birmingham, England, 1870-1910

1870-1910 in Birmingham
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Infant weighing machine from Liverpool Infirmary, c.1900, with weights. Grey background.
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Infant weighing machine with weights three weights and weight suspender, unsigned, United Kingdom, from Liverpool Infirmary, 1880-1915

This weighing machine was used to measure the weight of babies and young infants. The child would be placed in the iron pan and weights would be added to the pan to make the balance level. Babies are usually weighed regularly after they are born so that their growth can be monitored. The weights pictured here range from 7lb (just over 3 kg) to 28 lb (just over 12 kg).The weighing machine was collected from Liverpool Royal Infirmary where the device was used.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
beam, brass, weights, iron, weights, lead, insert, whole, iron
baby weigher
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
Liverpool Royal Infirmary

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