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Set of Dumfries Standard Troy Weights, 1824/1826

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Set of 9 Dumfries Standard Troy Weights, 1824/1826.  Verification stamps are present on all the weights; George IV, 1824 and a portcullis, indicating that they were working standards, used to check that traders' weights were giving fair measure.  Troy weights were used by specialists such as gold and silver merchants.  All other trade dealings were in Avoirdupois weights.

 

It was only after the Imperial Weights and Measures Act of 1824 that Scottish weights and measures gradually disappeared, to be replaced by English or Imperial measures.

 

weight (1 pound)
height 42mm, diameter (top) 66mm, diameter (base) 43mm
Inscription: rim (top) - Burgh of Dumfries / 1826 / 1lb Troy,base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (6 ounce)
height 32mm, diameter (top) 54mm, diameter (base) 35mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 6oz Troy, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (3 ounce)
height 27mm, diameter (top) 43mm, diameter (base) 29mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 3oz Troy, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (2 ounce)
height 22mm, diameter (top) 35mm, diameter (base) 26mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 2oz Troy, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (1 ounce)
height 16mm, diameter (top) 30mm, diameter (base) 21mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 1oz Troy, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (10 pennyweights)
height 13mm, diameter (top) 23mm, diameter (base) 16mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 10 Dwts, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (5 pennyweights)
height 10mm, diameter (top) 19mm, diameter (base) 14mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 5 Dwts, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (3 pennyweights)
height 8mm, diameter (top) 16mm, diameter (base) 12mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 3 Dwts, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

weight (2 pennyweights)
height 6mm, diameter (top) 8mm, diameter (base) 10mm
Inscription: rim (top) - 1 Dwts, base (stamping) - GR IV / 1824

Materials/Media:
copper alloy, brass
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1988.11
Digital Number:
DMWM037a-c
Creation Date:
1824
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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