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.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany: Bavaria, Nuremberg

Subject: Pharmacy


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Related Publication: Danforth, Ellen Zak. A Catalog of Nested Cup Weights in the Edward Streeter Collection of Weights and Measures., Houben, Gerard M.M.. 200 Years of Nested Cup Weights, Kisch, Bruno. Scales and Weights, A Historical Outline, Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0487Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 410Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0487

Object Name: weights, nested

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: 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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-9933-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_994225

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