Box with scales and weights

About 1760–80
Retailed by Lewis Deblois (about 1708–1771), Possibly engraved by Thomas Johnston (American, 1708–1767)


Place of Manufacture: possibly London, England; Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

2.9 x 15.2 x 12.4 cm (1 1/8 x 6 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1999.187a-i

Medium or Technique

Steel, brass, oak, lead, green baize lining; engraved paper label

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Weights and measures

Rectangular oak box, probably made in London and retailed in Boston, with engraved table glued inside lid containing steel pocket balance with circular brass pans and five weights; columns and drapery flank the table, which reads “Weights and Value in Lawful Money … Sold by Lewis Deblois at ye Golden Eagle Dock Square”; label has been trimmed to fit inside lid.

Provenance

Purchased from Skinner, Sale 1911, March 6, 1999, lot 69.

Credit Line

American Decorative Arts Curator's Fund