Table scale and weights, ca. 1770

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William Sangster
Metal; H. of scale when assembled: 10 in. (25.0 cm); box dimens: L. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.3 cm), H. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Powel House, Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (Philadelphia, Pa.)
The small table scale and set of weights was owned in the family of Samuel Powel III (1731-1793), the "Patriot Mayor" of Philadelphia, who oversaw the city's transition from British colonial city to leading urban center of the new United States. Powel and Franklin were friendly political associates; the scales are believed to have been sent from London to Powel by Franklin. Terms of Use Credits