In an age when platform scales were big, bulky and expensive, how did merchants weigh items for pricing in a convenient, cost effective way? A steelyard scale. It is portable, small and could weigh items up to 100 pounds. It could be used in a barn, a wagon, or a store. This one has an original paint, red arrow with 3 sets of hooks on one end and a marked / notched bar extending 17 3/4 inches to a blunt end with a stopper to prevent the accidental release of the pear-shaped iron weight that moved along the arm. The arm is a square-shaped bar and is notched and stamped on 2 sides with die impressed numbers that run from 6 to 26 (even numbers only) on one side and 30 to 100 on the opposite. The red arrow is 4 inches from point to blunt end and 2 inches at its widest point. The longest hook, actually a double hook is 6 3/4 inches long and probably served to hang the item being weighed. The other hooks would serve to hang the steelyard from as well as determining the focal point of the fulcrum. They are 1.25 inches apart on opposite sides of the arrow and measure 5.5 and 5.25 inches in length. The weight is 3 inches tall. There are no maker's marks. The original finish is preserved. It has not been cleaned nor painted. There is surface rust. It is in good, usable condition.
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