Weights, nested

Description (Brief)
Nested weights were used by merchants primarily to measure coins. This set was made in Nuremberg (Nurnberg), and used in France. The total weight for this set is 32 marks. The house lid has a split V, 3 armed designs which are common to weight sets manufactured in Nuremberg. The outer two arms resemble sea-dogs or dolphins, and the inner arm or hinge lock resembles a sea-horse. The handle supports resemble bearded soldiers, and when folded, the rounded handle top fits into the space created by the tail end of the sea-dog's V. The master cup or house has a number of geometric patterns, semi-circular motifs of various heights, stamped upon it which runs in circular patterns. The copper-master's mark on the top of the lid is a crossed arrow and key stamped 3 times. The makers associated with this mark, as well as their guild registration number, and the year of the Master's Degree are as follows: 1. K.Weinmann No., 56, 1604; 2. G.S. Schuller No. 715, 1633; 3. A. Ziegengeist No. 952, 1681; 4. J.W. Ziegengeist No. 1120, 1704.
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Object Name
weights, nested
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm x 13.8 cm; 6 1/8 in x 6 1/8 in x 5 7/16 in
place made
Deutschland: Bayern, Nuremberg
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 410
catalog number
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Houben, Gerard M.M.. 200 Years of Nested Cup Weights
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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