18th CENTURY BRASS MARBLE FRENCH SCALE

SCALES OF TIME

SCALES OF TIME

Beautiful hand crafted forged brass French table scale 18th Century.   The name scales derives from the pair of scales or dishes in which objects to be weighed and the weights / masses against which to weigh them are placed. The Oxford English Dictionary defines scales as “Apparatus for weighing. The oldest evidence for the existence of weighing scales dates to c. 2400-1800 B.C.E. in the Indus River valley (modern-day Pakistan)

VINTAGE ANTIQUE MARITIME STAR PATHFINDER COMPASS

FINDING YOUR WAY

FINDING YOUR WAY

vintage antique star Pathfinder compass #56350. It is all solid bronze brass and heavy 6″ wide and works great.

The magnetic compass was first invented as a device for divination early as the Chinese Han Dynasty (since about 206 BC), and usage recorded in Western Europe between 1187 and 1202. A rudimentary working model of a liquid compass was introduced by Sir Edmund Halley at a meeting of the Royal Society in 1690.

VINTAGE 1800’S BRASS SCIENCE MICROSCOPE

SONY DSCThis is a wonderful original 1800’s all brass microscope.  Measures 13″, there are no manufactor’s  markings on the item.  The microscope date backs to the 1600’s and some even claim earlier 1200;s 

The first detailed account of the interior construction of living tissue based on the use of a microscope did not appear until 1644, in Giambattista Odierna’s L’occhio della mosca, or The Fly’s Eye