Nested Weights

Nested Weights

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This set of nested weights, many of which are marked “MARCS,” may have been made in Nuremberg for use in France. The Marc (or Mark) is a unit of weight equal to 8 oz. or one-half pound, that was introduced in Europe in the medieval period. This is a 16 pound set.
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Object Name
weight set
Object Type
Date made
16th century
1500 to 1600
identified by
Houben, Gerard
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 5 7/16 in x 6 1/4 in x 5 in; 13.81125 cm x 15.875 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: 5 3/8 in x 6 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in; 13.6525 cm x 16.1925 cm x 12.3825 cm
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National Museum of American History
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