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Spectacular Large Antique General Store Solid Brass Scale
Spectacular large hanging balance scale. This scale is so lovely, the previous owner had it in her dining room, with grapes over flowing out of the scoop portion and on the stoneware plaque she placed several bottles of wine and it made a fabulous display. It boasts a very large solid brass scoop and the large ball drop weight. The other side has the faux marble ironstone tray with the solid brass mounting. Note the hand forged lovely brass under carriage for the scoop. Lovely swirling lines and an engineering marvel as the arm that supports the scoop is constructed in two parts and can bend at the joint. The hooks and arms appear to be hand hammered by a black smith, the heavy cross rod also looks hand made. I have not polished away the patina but they could be polished bright if desired. Scale stands 26" tall. Fabulous kitchen decor. Really a remarkable old scale. I can find no makers mark. The scoop measures 15" in length and the big brass ball is 5" long. The cross beam is 25 1/2". Condition is excellent. There is a very old crack in the ironstone tray but it does not affect the integrity of the tray, more like a heavy craze line. Compare at over $3000, if you could find one like it.
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