Described in period catalogue listings as Portable gold scales, field use beam scales comprising of a central metal support and two metal dishes attached by three metal chain each to a metal beam this beautiful set of c. 1830s gold scales still retains its original suspension cord for hand holding as was used in the field. The iron balance beam is marked AVERY in two places and measures approximately 10 ½ inches in length and remains untouched and as found with a touch of fine surface rust with a rich chocolate patina over all. Suspended from the beam by brass chain are two 5 3/16 inch diameter brass pans. Unpolished with attractive natural age patina, each bears the all-important W. & T. Avery / late T. Beach PATENTED marking. Dating : Founded in 1731 by James Ford the company passed to Thomas Beach and Joseph Balden, husband of Mary Avery. In the early part of the nineteenth century the business was passed to the Avery family who expanded the firm from a small local business to worldwide sale. The firm name became synonymous with quality and their portable patent balance scales were used in gold fields around the world. When Thomas Beach died in the early to mid-1830s the firm used the name W & T Avery / late T. Beach in transition. The partnership on W & T Avery was dissolved in 1865. All original and as found this wonderful set of early field use, portable gold scales should not be confused with the general use and much smaller boxed pocket scales on the period. This set will make a nice addition to any quality period display.

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