Replica of Roman steelyard, from Pompeii, 79 AD

1-79 CE; before 1914 in Pompeii and Italy

Reproduction of an ancient Roman steelyard (Pompeii AD 79)

This steelyard balance is a direct copy of an example excavated from the Roman town of Pompeii in Italy. The settlement is famous for being buried in ash after the nearby volcano of Vesuvius erupted violently in AD 79. Working on the lever principle the steelyard operates by moving the counterweight (woman's head) along the beam until the item being weighed is horizontal and hence in equilibrium. The weight is determined by the position of the counterpoise thread against the lines and divisions marks on the balance beam.


Weighing & Measuring
Object Number:
  • derivative object
  • copy - derivative object
  • reproduction
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • scales - weighing device
Chiurazzi, J. (S. de Angelis & Fils, Naples)

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