Standard brass bell-shaped weight, England, 1826

Made:
1826 in England
maker:
Unknown
Standard weight brass bell shaped 28 lb, used by Borough of Huntingdon found 1826, in cylindrical leather case.  View

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Standard weight, brass, bell-shaped, 28lb, used by the Borough of Huntingdon, from 1826 in cylindrical leather case

In Britain, weights and measurements became standardised by the appropriately named Weights and Measures Act of 1824. Standardisation was important to ensure consistency in trade throughout the country. The Act came into force in 1826, which is why the brass weight is engraved with the words “Borough of Huntingdon, 1st Day of January 1826”. It is also marked with the name of the local mayor “David Veasey the Younger Esquire”.

Huntington was an important market town located in Cambridgeshire, England. The weight weighs 28 lb (12.6 kg) and has its own leather case.

Details

Category:
Pharmacy-ware
Object Number:
A631079
Materials:
case, leather, brown and weight, brass
Measurements:
box: 310 mm 190 mm,
type:
weights, standard weights, measurement (weighing) and measurement (weighing) and standard
taxonomy:
  • component - object