Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item CVM_989.102.1-.2 - Scale

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CA CVM CVM_989.102.1-.2

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Metal, brass, bone or ivory, wood. Length-40 cm, Width-8 cm.

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Scales in a wooden case. The case has two halves in a rough guitar shape that fit together to enclose the scales. The scales consist of one small brass plate hung from a polished bone or ivory stick that has markings and measurements on it. There is also a small brass counterweight which hangs from the stick but is separate that has Chinese characters on it. Also attached to the balance are two small feathery pieces on string. These scales are often called opium scales but are used for weighing many objects.

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From the old Duncan Chinatown which was torn down to make way for what are now the provincial government buildings near Trunk Rd.


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213.6 KiB


December 14, 2015 10:08 AM

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