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Auctioneers Weighs Up Lots

    The Charterhouse 1,100 lot two day June auction of collectors’ items and antiques includes an extensive collection of weights and scales. “The collection has been amassed over many years by the client near Taunton, who has now decided to sell his entire collection through Charterhouse. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “As is often the case, once you start to become involved in any subject you run the risk of it taking over your life €“ filling every nook and cranny in your house, which is pretty much what has happened here! ” The scales and weights collected come in all shapes and sizes. We all take for granted when we buy a certain measure of a certain product that it will weigh exactly when we expect, but it has taken many centuries for the consumer to receive high standards of protection from less scrupulous traders.In Britain, the use of weights and the development in standards was much influenced by trade with Europe, although earlier the Romans had introduced their own systems during occupation. The word pound is derived from the Roman libra pondo and ounce from the Roman uncial. Over the subsequent centuries, weights have been made in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials. The most valuable lots in the collection are two rare George I bronze wool weights estimated at £400-600 and £600-800. The largest lots are a selection of sack, platform and personal weights and one of the smallest lots a set of Burmese chime weights. With estimates from just £30 up to £800, there will be something for everyone.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming programme of auctions including pictures, prints, books and antiques through to classic and vintage cars in July. For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a free home visit throughout the West Country, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comTwo early 18th century bronze wool weight £400-600 & £600-800 eachA selection of platform and sack scalesQuick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director