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I was recently given V&V scale. The balance are is the number (36) and on the tower, behind the ivory name plate is the number (2). I'm missing the stirrups (have the pans.) Can you supply or know of a source. Thanks/aw

Hi Arnold,

We recommend the book "The Assay Balance: Its Evolution and the Histories of the Companies that Made Them" by John and Geraldine Shannon. It is the best book on the topic that we know of.

Stirrups on the precision balances are often missing.

Volund was founded by Gottfried & George G Voland, his son, of New Rochelle, NY.  Gottfried arrived in the US in Baltimore, MD on the ship Berlin on June 26, 1871 and first worked for Thomas Edison.  He learned to make balances during his employment by Becker & Sons of New Rochelle, NY. He and Henry Van Zelm established a balance firm in 1888. After Van Zelm died in 1903 Voland & Sons was established and operated until the mid-1940s. The Voland Company continued manufacturing balances until 1989.

It is difficult if not impossible to replace the stirrups for a Volund balance.  In the event that you had one stirrup a good machinist or fabricator might be able to reproduce it. There are no retail sources of replacement parts that we know of.

Sorry we can't help more.

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We are dealers in antique coin operated penny scales and parts. We collect antique scales of all types. Bill has been buying and selling scales and mail order penny scale parts since 1983. Jan started collecting small scales of all types in 1977. Our combined collection of antique scales contains over 2200 scales. We are the authors of the book Scales: A Collector's Guide and The revised & Expanded 2nd Edition of Scales: A Collector's Guide. Jan is the editor of "Equilibrium" the journal of The International Society of Antique Scale Collectors. Our website is

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