"Whitesmith's Steel Balance Scale" Complete with Fabulous Wrought Iron Double Hooks and 3 Finials. This is the only 18th Century Example of a Steel Balance Scale available which I could find that is Complete with all three Finials !!! Main Balance Beam is Clearly Signed by "L. Hanbersin"
An Early Whitesmith is best described as higher than a Blacksmith, aka Machinist or Millwright, who Polished & Finished Wrought Iron or Steel to a Bright Finish, can accurately install Steel parts into iron for a more durable Tool, Machine Parts, or Make a Balance Scales of this proportion. The 3 Scale Balance Points sit on Dovetailed Steel Pads, for a harder surface to Pivot onto with less wear & tear. The Small tip is broken off on the top of the Indicator Pointer, as seen in the last photo.
Technical Note : You could use a set of Standard & Fractional Weights on One Side with the double hooks to compare to the Product Sample hanging from the other double hooks. (Weigh any type of Products from Metals to Bushels of Wheat)
Measures : Balance Beam is 37 1/2 inches Long, and stands 22 1/2 inches High from Top Loop to bottom of Center Drop Finial.
Weighs : 15 Pounds and 8 Ounces.
Book Ref.: Early American Ironware
By : Henry J. Kaufman
Page : 80
illustration Plate : 104
(Scale Photo circa 1770's is Courtesy of Stamford Museum and Nature Center)