Opium scales; Unknown maker; Unknown; CR1977.797


Opium scales

About this object

A Chinese opium scale gauge consisting of a ivory scale rod with a brass pan and weight, all stored in a varnished, wooden, paddle shaped case. It is in three parts:
a: The wooden case consists of two separate halves with metal rivets at the end but is held together with a woven cane ring. The lid open to reveal areas that have been hollowed out to fit the rod, weight and pan.
b: The tapered ivory scale rod has three scale gauges with black dots marking off the weight scales. The rod has three pieces of black plied thread attached into holes on the rod. Two have faded red tassels attached but the third string is missing the tassel. A brass pan is joined to the rod with four strings and the brass oval weight is also attached to the string.
c: Brass oval shaped weight


Unknown maker

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Date Made


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Medium and Materials

RT Brass BT Zinc alloy
Ivory ?

Inscription and Marks

Three scale gauges are marked by small black dots. There is a Chinese inscription in small dots at the larger end of the rod.


H 380mm x L 8 mm x W 20mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Chinese associations

Subject and Association Keywords

Weighing equipment

Credit Line

From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

Object Type

Weighing instruments

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