Early Victorian Rocker Balance brass Sovereign Scale signed WS. This was attributed to William Simmonds a scalemaker in Whitcross Street London but recent research now links the design of the crown punch to the workshops in Birmingham of T Simmons and associated companies.
97mm. long 16mm high.
This was made to test the relatively new gold sovereign coin which was rapidly expanding circulation in the 1830-40 period.
These were popular, cheap to produce simple scales, not particularly precise but accurate enough to pick out the gilt brass forgeries that circulated