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 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.
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