$500 USD ( 400 GBP) + postage

A fine and complete set of coinage/gold scales in oblong wooden case with complete weights by Will. Bullock c. 1790


15 x 6 x 2 cm.




William Bullock

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Calculating, Scales Weights & Measures, Engineering antiques, Office Antiques


Finest set of Georgian gold/coinage scales currently on the market. Oblong mahogany case with ornate brass hinges opens to reveal a cloth lined three compartment area  for the chiselled steel and brass scales and a complete set of Georgian weights (after the edict of 1772). For the connisseur of weights and measures, these roped coin weights (from 3 and 12 down to S:D 4 and 6= 10 weights in total) are worth hundreds of Pounds alone !! Here we have a completely original set of scales including a fabulous trade label for Willm. Bullock of 7 Cannon Street, London with blindfolded Lady of Justice, bearing warning sword for penalty of death if caught forging or clipping coins ( a common Georgian problem).

The chiselled steel beam measures 12 cm. in length with ornate ends, gallows and drop. The tassel is original as is the stringing to the 5 cm. diameter brass pans. The oblong mahogany case, with secure push button closure measures 15 x 6 x 2 cm. with original brown cloth liner. The best set of scales I have seen in 40 years. No issues, no damages. 

William Bullock was at the Cannon Street address for 10 years and was in business as a scale maker in london for over 30 years. References: Clifton for dates and adresses, Sheppard and Musham for construction and weights.

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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).

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