A brass Dutch ned 1/2 Head Cornscale. Cornscales are known since the 18th century and were usually made in four sizes: 1-half-quarter-round head. Usually they are related to the voormetrieke pounds and measures of capacity of Groningen and Amsterdam: the centres in the cereals trade. There are several hallmarks on the barrel, zie pictures. In 1820, at the introduction of the metric system, new corn scales marketed by 1 Ned head (litres), 1/2 Ned head (1/2 litres), 2 Ned Buddies (2 decilitres) and 1 Ned Buddy (1 deciliter). Diameter is 9 cm
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.