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    Rare Gold Standard Balance Scale by Howard & Davis of Boston. 20" tall polished steel and brass balance scale mounted on a 24" x 9" white marble base. Brass plaques on both sides of the pediment read: "Gold Standard Balance/ Howard & Davis/ Manufacturers, Boston, U. S. A./ Full Jewelled". This is the smaller, rarer version of the balance and appears all original. It comes with the original wood and glass enclosure measuring 31" across, 14" deep and 27" tall. The top lifts up vertically to install or remove the scales. The pediment is supported by four block columns. There are glass windows on all sides. It is accompanied by the original brass pans (the upper hardware marked "R" and "L"), three open-ended brass trays (the largest 13" x 10"), a footed copper scoop (4.5" x 7") with brass counterpoise weight, a 10.5" x 5.5" x 5" leather-covered wooden handled-box containing a complete set of brass weights with "Howard & Davis" paper label on the interior lid, plus an assortment of associated items (three check & bank books from French & Company Bankers of The Dalles, Oregon, a French & Company canvas coin bag, an unmarked coin bag or pouch and a 4.75" souvenir mining pan from a Sacramento observance in 1939.

    Considered the preeminent Gold Rush balance. Miners claimed they were accurate enough to precisely measure a pencil mark. The firm of Howard & Davis was founded in 1842 by Edward Howard and David P. Davis. They were originally known for their high-quality clocks and balances, prior to manufacturing sewing machines and fire engines. Davis left the firm in 1857 and the firm dissolved.

    As far as completeness, condition and originality is concerned, it would be difficult to find a finer example. It is estimated no more than a half-a-dozen examples remain extant.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2021
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 18
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