A genuine old set of Chinese Opium Scales.The case measures 15 1/4" in length. The balance pendulum is ivory....it has had a break near the pointed end at some past time....this has been repaired using tough clear araldite glue. There are some Chinese characters on the case. Many Chinese came to New Zealand in the late 1800's to work the goldfields in Central Otago and Coromandel so a number of these types of items do come to light from time to time. I've dated this as 1800's but it could well be older than this.
At Molloy's of Milford Antiques Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
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