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Rare 1800s Vintage Brass British Postage Scale Patent 1242 MCo Antique Prototype

Rare 1800s Vintage Brass British Postage Scale Patent 1242 MCo Antique Prototype

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A curator from The Smithsonian National Postal Museum told me the following regarding this antique scale .


“The “d” abbreviation in the third photograph is a clue that this is a British postal scale because “d” represents “pence.” With further research it may be possible to date the scale by searching for when 1 oz weight cost 1 pence in postage, 1.5 pence for 2 oz., and 2 pence for 4 oz.; for instance these amounts indicated on the scale align with postage rates on the chart on https://www.gbps.org.uk/information/rates/inland/letters-1840-1968.php, and it appears this may date between Oct 5, 1871 and June 21, 1897. The patent number 1242 might be found by searching British patents. A starting point might be with the guides for research at the British Library: https://www.bl.uk/help/find-early-british-patents”




Great piece of history for a collector . Seems to function as it should once an object is placed on it .

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