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October 20, 2016, 03:42 PM

Eight bell weights make top lot at Gaze bygones sale

By Thornton Kay

The Daily Mail Ideal Houses Book 1927 10 [photo Gaze


Norfolk, UK - A harlequin set of eight standard 19th century or earlier Imperial brass and bronze bell weights, the heaviest at 56lb, sold for 1,600 (plus 15% buyer's premium) at Gaze rural and domestic bygones sale on Saturday 8 October in Diss. These weights are quite hard to find above 7lb, and a single 14lb brass bell weight in fine condition can retail for above 250.

In 1266 Henry III decreed that a penny should weigh 32 grains of wheat, twenty pennies would make an ounce, and 12 ounces would make a pound, so 240 pennies would make a pound in currency as well as a pound in weight. In 1352 Edward III established the stone as 14lb. Commercial weights were required to be tested and were marked as such with the weight, the cipher of the reigning monarch, the locality, a date and maker's name (see link below for more info). Sometimes other marks can be found, such as a registered design number.

Other notable lots at the sale included a group of oil cans 750, an early milk handcart with churns 720, a Sunlight enamel sign 650, a bronze bell, wooden bellframe 400, a display board of cruelty horse bits 320 and a Daily Mail Ideal Houses book of plans from 1927 which sold for 10.

T W Gaze Llp

Brian P: Collecting weights and measures

Story Type:  Auction Report

ID: 97284

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