On offer here is what I believe to be an eighteenth century set of French pocket gold scales, presented in a fitted wooden case, complete with original label (no makers name) and three sets of weights, one of which appears to be complete. Similar or identical sets of scales can be found on the internet, but they are not common. The scales themselves are very basic, designed to be hand-held.
The scale beam and associated parts are of steel; the two pans are of copper or brass. The green chord supporting the pans is possibly not original. Apart from the age of these scales (pre-1794), the presence of the original label plus a complete set of weights is presumably important when considering intrinsic value. The label, in French of course, is largely legible, but not entirely decipherable. The units of mass pre-French Revolution appear to be complex, but do seem to include the not unfamiliar grain.
The unit of currency was the livre (la livre). A gold coin known as the Louis dor was worth 24 livre, a double Louis dor equalled 48 livre, and so on. The livre was discontinued in 1794, which provides a means of dating this item. These scales are a wonderful collectors item a valuable addition to any collection of associated objects.
The item "Antique 18thC French GOLD SCALES in Wooden Case, with Full Set of Weights Rare" is in sale since Sunday, September 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Scientific Collectables\Pharmacy, Chemist & Apothecary". The seller is "robert-t-bob" and is located in Bedford. This item can be shipped worldwide.