S Mordan & Co Victorian Gilt Brass Letter Balance Postal Scale Weights Antique

S Mordan & Co Victorian Gilt Brass Letter Balance Postal Scale Weights Antique



Width of base 8,1/2



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Technology, Scales Weights & Measures, Office Antiques


Victorian Sampson Mordan postal letter balance, circa 1860, marked on the beam

All solid gilt brass (ormolu) elaborately hand engraved throughout, the weights with engraved edges, the shaped oval pans pierced and engraved with crossed flags of France and Britain.
Probably commemorating the Anglo-French Alliance during the second opium war in China, 1856-60

Solid walnut serpentine shaped base, the fitted weights marked with penny rates as per weight, current 1840 to 1871
Good original surface with some areas of wear to the gilt.
Width of base 8,1/2″ or 218mm.

Complete, all original and in excellent sound condition with no damage or repair.

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GB Cog Scientific

As a fine art sculpture graduate I have applied my appreciation and understanding of form and function to my lifelong professional career in the antiques trade. Over forty years dealing in what I considered worthy, within the fields of decorative arts and sciences, I have always purchased over a wide spectrum and look forward to offering an exciting variety of stimulating pieces.

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