Set of nested brass weights, Europe, 1601-1700

Made:
1601-1700 in Europe
Lefthand side, A167830 - Set of 17th century brass weights for wool. Righthand side, A5942 - Set of 17th century nested Set of 17th century nested brass weights. Weights arranged outside of the container, graduated matt black perspex Set of 17th century nested brass weights. Weights inside container. Graduated matt black perspex background.

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Lefthand side, A167830 - Set of 17th century brass weights for wool. Righthand side, A5942 - Set of 17th century nested
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Set of 17th century nested brass weights. Weights arranged outside of the container, graduated matt black perspex
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Set of 17th century nested brass weights. Weights inside container. Graduated matt black perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Set of 17th century nested brass weights

These brass weights weighing more than 7 kg in total, were used to weigh sheep’s wool – a very valuable commodity in the 1600s. Shearing and spinning wool was not without its health hazards. A type of anthrax that affected the lungs was transmitted to humans from the wool of infected sheep and became known as Wool Sorters Disease. The brass weights are pictured here with another set of nested weights (A167830).

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A5942
Materials:
addition, lead and whole, brass
type:
weights
taxonomy:
  • component - object