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  Miners Improved Pocket Gold Scale Closed.JPG - MINERS IMPROVED POCKET GOLD SCALE - Tin cased miners gold scale, orange red exterior and interior color, marked MINERS JMPROVED GOLD SCALE. in dark gold letters across top front and in dark gold letters “manufactured expressely for California.” across bottom front with GERMANY below it with a classic spread-wing gold American eagle in the center clutching an olive branch and three arrows in its talons and bearing a shield across its breast, 7 1/4 in. wide x 3 1/2 in. deep x 1 1/2 in. high in oval shape, brass beam, pans and chains with 5 troy ounce weights [1/2 (2), 1 (2), 2]; 7 pennyweights marked DWTS [1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]; and 3 grain weights [2, 3, 4]  Note: 1 troy ounce = 20 pennyweight; 1 pennyweight = 24 grains  (The California Gold Rush produced a number of “California Goods” to identify and to be identified with this great adventure; boots, knives, brandy, and gold amalgamators filled the bill to name a few along with the miners pocket gold scales shown here; these pocket scales date from the 1850s and perhaps into the 1860s and came in a variety of bright colors including light and dark green, royal blue, dark yellow, ocher brown, red, and maroon among others and in both oval and rectangular shapes in sizes from up to 7 1/4 in. long by up to 3 1/2 in. wide and 1 1/2 in. deep; the more common exterior colors were red, brown and dark green while dark blue, yellow and black are rarer; most were marked Miners Improved Gold Scale as the model shown here; little is known about the makers, although this scale was clearly manufactured in Germany as marked; all have brass beams, pans and suspension chains although some have iron pointers; troy weights were typically included. It should be noted that an earlier pocket scale marked Miners Gold Scale without the Improved is found.  The oval shaped scales came in two sizes, the longer version as shown here and a shorter version shown elsewhere in my pics.  The longer version seems to be much less common than the short version.   It’s also interesting to note that the earlier markings replaced the I of Improved with a J as shown here as a result of the German to English spelling inconsistency and an extra e was found in the spelling of expressly.  see Millet, Mining Artifact Collector #8, pp 25-27)  
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Miners Improved Pocket Gold Scale
Nesting 31-Ounce Imperial Standard Weight Set Marking
Nesting 31-Ounce Imperial Standard Weight Set Open

Miners Improved Pocket Gold Scale Closed | MINERS IMPROVED POCKET GOLD SCALE - Tin cased miners gold scale, orange red exterior and interior color, marked MINERS JMPROVED GOLD SCALE. in dark gold letters across top front and in dark gold letters “manufactured expressely for California.” across bottom front with GERMANY below it with a classic spread-wing gold American eagle in the center clutching an olive branch and three arrows in its talons and bearing a shield across its breast, 7 1/4 in. wide x 3 1/2 in. deep x 1 1/2 in. high in oval shape, brass beam, pans and chains with 5 troy ounce weights [1/2 (2), 1 (2), 2]; 7 pennyweights marked DWTS [1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]; and 3 grain weights [2, 3, 4] Note: 1 troy ounce = 20 pennyweight; 1 pennyweight = 24 grains (The California Gold Rush produced a number of “California Goods” to identify and to be identified with this great adventure; boots, knives, brandy, and gold amalgamators filled the bill to name a few along with the miners pocket gold scales shown here; these pocket scales date from the 1850s and perhaps into the 1860s and came in a variety of bright colors including light and dark green, royal blue, dark yellow, ocher brown, red, and maroon among others and in both oval and rectangular shapes in sizes from up to 7 1/4 in. long by up to 3 1/2 in. wide and 1 1/2 in. deep; the more common exterior colors were red, brown and dark green while dark blue, yellow and black are rarer; most were marked Miners Improved Gold Scale as the model shown here; little is known about the makers, although this scale was clearly manufactured in Germany as marked; all have brass beams, pans and suspension chains although some have iron pointers; troy weights were typically included. It should be noted that an earlier pocket scale marked Miners Gold Scale without the Improved is found. The oval shaped scales came in two sizes, the longer version as shown here and a shorter version shown elsewhere in my pics. The longer version seems to be much less common than the short version. It’s also interesting to note that the earlier markings replaced the I of Improved with a J as shown here as a result of the German to English spelling inconsistency and an extra e was found in the spelling of expressly. see Millet, Mining Artifact Collector #8, pp 25-27) Download Original Image
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