Scales, Mancur C Spring; Unknown manufacturer; 1890-1900; WY.1989.505.1

Name/Title

Scales, Mancur C Spring

About this object

This is an English C-spring scale also known as a Mancur Balance, which was mainly in use in the 19th century. The scale is made of an elliptical steel spring with two hooks and a brass dial with two scales, and by changing the hooks, a different sensitivity is achieved. These scales were mainly used for weighing meat or hides.

The principle of the Mancur Scale was simple but ingenious. When the oval spring was pulled open by the load, the indicator was moved upwards by the interaction of the two ends of the spring. The indicator moved over a crescent-shaped brass plate marked with either one or two sets of graduations.

Maker

Unknown manufacturer

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1890-1900

Period

1890s

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, metal alloy, copper alloy, brass

Measurements

h 250 mm x w 160 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

Subject and Association Keywords

Agriculture

Object Type

instruments

Object number

WY.1989.505.1

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