VINTAGE BRASS BALANCE DOUBLE PAN SCALE OF JUSTICE WITH EAGLE AND DOLPHIN FISH
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Very unusual vintage brass scale with the eagle of justice on the top and a dolphin fish as the center post. I've never seen one like this before and have not been able to find one in my research. The scale measures 19 1/2 inches tall and 12 inches wide (arms only, not including the pans). With the pans, it is about 18 inches wide. This is a graceful, elegant scale that I've had in my family for years. My mother bought it when my father was stationed overseas in the mid last century and is probably from Italy although there are no markings on it. She bought several other scales in Italy at that time. It has a white marble base and the rest is in brass. It's amazing how balanced the pans are (many of the old ones like this do not balance equally). My mother had the scale cleaned and treated with a lacquer finish years ago which has preserved it beautifully except for some pitting on the pans. There are no dents or other imperfections except that the marble base is not perfectly square on the brass stand (which is the way it was originally made).