Collectibles-General (Antiques)/antique scale


I recently acquired an antique balance scale. Inscription on base is barely legible but reads "H PO???maybe Y SON LONDON"   Each side of balance contains a porcelain plate; on one side round, plain white porcelain and on there side a square porcelain plate, edged on one side and with a standing robed man, woman and reclining lion with banner reading "JUSITIA ET FIDES"
 The iron balance mechanism sits atop a 19"X8"porcelain rectangle. The rectangle sits atop a wooden base with the barely legible inscription mentioned earlier. A bronze shallow 10"plate was included.  Any idea on where this came from and for what it was used? Interesting looking piece. Wish I could read rest of inscription but just not possible.

Hi JC,

Your balance was manufactured by Henry Pooley & Son Ltd of London and Birmingham, England.  Pooley was in business from 1835 to 1930.  Pooley manufactured many similar roberval shop scales to yours, for many years.

Retail value is impossible to determine without a photo.

Hope this helps.

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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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