PORTABLE DUTCH CORN SCALE OUTFIT
Stock Number: 7414
For sale, an antique Dutch grain scale for measuring the specific gravity of a grain sample. This was typically used to assess the quality of the sample.
3-3/8 x 7 inches (8.5 x 18)
c. early 19th century
Country of manufacture
PORTABLE DUTCH CORN SCALE OUTFIT, c. early 19th century. This “Amsterdam corn scale” outfit, when assembled, forms a brass cylinder 3-3/8″ in diameter and 7″ tall (8.5 x 18 cm). The two halves form the weighing vessels, one for corn and one for weights. The 5-1/2″ long cut steel balance beam, with its brass hangers, would be connected to the vessels by chain or cord running through the guides along the sides. The original turned brass weights, of traditional mushroom form, are also present, marked 5, 10, 20, 40, and 60. Condition is fine through-out noting cleaning residue in the crevices. The “Amsterdamse korenschaal” was used to determine the specific gravity of a grain sample, as a measure of its quality. The form was apparently used only in Holland. Examples are uncommon; we find one illustrated in Kisch (Fig. 21).
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at [email protected].