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Collecting Imperial weights: A facinating hobby.

Weights come in many types:

Marks on weights

Commercial weights have always been regulated by some authority or other, and generally exhibit marks showing when, and by whom, they were tested. Cast-iron weights generally have either a lead plug underneath, into which a stamp can be made, although older weights can have copper, brass, or lead plugs in the top of the weight. Brass weights can be stamped into directly, or can have a lead plug. Where lead is used, adding more or less weight allows the weight to be adjusted be the tester. The marks on a weight usually consist of:
For example, the weight in front of me now has the following marks: 'oz 8', 'GR (with a crown)', '200 (which means Blackburn)', '1948 E', no makers name, and 'RD 160990 - which relates to a design lodged with the Public Records Office.

Another weight close to hand simply has the marks 'WIV' - i.e. William IV, and 'VR (with a picture of a lion)' - which means it comes from York. VR by itself of course would mean 'Victoria Regina'.

Other marks you may see on weights include: A large letter A - meaning Avoirdupois, a small 'chequer board' - meaning that the weight was used to check other weights, a dagger - meaning that it was stamped in London , and a ewer (looks like a coffee-pot) and the date 1826 - which means it was assayed between 1826 and 1892.

See the picture gallery link for examples of some of these marks.

See the names on weights link for a list of names shown on weights.

See also the external links page.

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