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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2016, 09:10:55 AM »
I like positive thinking!  ;D
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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #31 on: January 06, 2016, 10:25:48 AM »
I'll send you some positive waves to help.

(BTW, a most instructive film on positive waves is Kelly's heroes, where spaced-out Donald Sutherland uses them to overcome his fear of the sound of gunfire.)

@malj1. Intrigued by the word "set". Do you just mean weights that logically belong together, or are they somehow packaged together, or are they included in a scales set?

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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2016, 10:50:32 AM »
Those ones of redwine's in Reply # 27 must constitute a set and have been packaged together in a similar way to those of mine in Reply #9* as they are all of the same design and from the same maker; the small weight of course had no room for the crown but otherwise bears the same registration date they all share of Mar 16 1847.

*Of course the Victorian would have provided a much more ornate box.
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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2016, 12:11:53 PM »
I'll send you some positive waves to help.

(BTW, a most instructive film on positive waves is Kelly's heroes, where spaced-out Donald Sutherland uses them to overcome his fear of the sound of gunfire.)

@malj1. Intrigued by the word "set". Do you just mean weights that logically belong together, or are they somehow packaged together, or are they included in a scales set?

Peter

One of my favourite films  ;D  Seen it dozens of times!
The set is listed here http://www.apothecariesweights.com/catalogue/
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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2016, 12:34:19 PM »
One of my favourite films  ;D  Seen it dozens of times!

Ditto! My favourite scene is where the Americans confront the last German tank as in a Western, Clint Eastwood evidently having tons of fun.

The set is listed here http://www.apothecariesweights.com/catalogue/

Great link. Will add to the links collection.

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« Reply #35 on: January 06, 2016, 06:35:25 PM »
Cracking scene, cracking film  8)
BTW That's Mals link from Reply #12
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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #36 on: June 23, 2016, 12:27:18 AM »
Another JLB, but with another twist: heavy scratching on both sides. Andyg thinks it's a weight adjustment. However, its weight is 7.7 grams while it should have been 7.78 grams; possibly a rounding error of my scales. Moreover, the scraping is at the same spot on both sides, suggesting the weight was caught between two objects. Why have a weight adjustment on two sides? The online catalogue mentioned above says the weights are often badly made and were distributed for household use.

I can think of two solutions: a) the weight got caught in something or was used to stabilise something or b) the weight was used to cheat just a little bit.

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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2016, 12:36:17 AM »
The blanks often show file marks made to adjust the weight, often before they were struck.

Your image is unclear - I don't seen any marks/scratches.  ???
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Re: Apothecaries weights
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2016, 12:49:10 AM »
I am happy to shift the blame to my scanner. :) On one side, the very fine scratches are between the W of TWO and the A of DRAMS. They run from 12 o'clock parallel straight down. Looking again, the other side has a smoothly worn spot instead. Another funny thing is that on the "worn" side, the edge of the weight is sharp, while on the "scratched" side, it is rounded. It is hard to see but can be felt quite clearly.

Peter
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