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Title: steelyard weight ?? Now in local Museum for id :)
Post by: stan67 on January 13, 2012, 11:56:14 PM
Evening Wales  :) i found this today after finishing early managed a wee hour before darkness fell it weighs just over 1 kilo and stands 2 and a half inches tall it has the remains of an iron loop ( i think) on the top  :)


Title: Re: Lead weight / plumb bob ?? steelyard weight ??
Post by: Chef Geoff on January 14, 2012, 12:04:10 AM
Looks like a classic Roman(?) steel yard weight


Title: Re: Lead weight / plumb bob ?? steelyard weight ??
Post by: stan67 on January 14, 2012, 12:09:55 AM
Thanks Geoff what would these be used for mate?


Title: Re: Lead weight / plumb bob ?? steelyard weight ??
Post by: Chef Geoff on January 14, 2012, 12:16:36 AM
Here you go Stan, easier to show you than try and explain ;)
http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/small/item/GTJ31524/ (http://www.gtj.org.uk/en/small/item/GTJ31524/)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steelyard_balance (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steelyard_balance)

http://finds.org.uk/database/search/results/objecttype/steelyard+weight/broadperiod/ROMAN (http://finds.org.uk/database/search/results/objecttype/steelyard+weight/broadperiod/ROMAN)


Title: Re: Lead weight / plumb bob ?? steelyard weight ??
Post by: stan67 on January 14, 2012, 12:24:06 AM
Thanks again very interesting ,quite clever those Romans lol  :)


Title: Re: steelyard weight ?? Now in local Museum for id :)
Post by: Sewin on January 15, 2012, 08:47:21 AM
I followed the links kindly posted by Geoff with great interest.
I could not see though any examples that were very close to Stan's object.  Yet, I think an item I found up on the west coast of Scotland in the summer is a very close to being almost identical.  It was found 15ft away from the outside of a wall of a walled garden.  
It weighs 3lb 2oz or 1.65Kg.
It has a circumference of 190mm or 7".
It is 65mm or 2" tall.
It is octagonal.


Title: Re: steelyard weight ?? Now in local Museum for id :)
Post by: stan67 on January 15, 2012, 08:37:11 PM
Thanks Sewin  I found this one close to Stirling Castle  :)


Title: Re: steelyard weight ?? Now in local Museum for id :)
Post by: Sewin on January 23, 2012, 06:59:16 AM
Any update with the ID Stan by the staff at museum?


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