56 Lb. Weight

56 Lb. Weight

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Cast-iron bell-shaped weight marked “lbs / 56.” The avoirdupois system, introduced for the international wool trade in the late Middle Ages, used a pound divisible into 16 ounces as a basic unit of weight. The stone (14 pounds) was another basic unit of weight, and 56 pounds (4 stone) was yet another.
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United States: New Jersey
overall: 13 in x 8 in; 33.02 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: 13 in x 8 in; 33.02 cm x 20.32 cm
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