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Book press by Waterlow Bros & Layton of London, circa 1880, on its original drop leaf stand with two drawers. Used in the same workshop for many many years, and alongside the die stamp press we are also offering, this press is ready to continue work or equally ready for a life of retirement as a piece of wonderfully evocative decor. Exhibiting the patina of over 125 years use the press itself retains the majority of its black japan and parcel gilt finish: and its brass work and finial, which we have left unpolished, are crisp and unscarred or bruised. The walnut and fruitwood base has the original and distressed cup handles to its drawers (the upper with Bramah type lock but no key), and its side flaps are fully functional with hinged wing supports under - original finish and timber itself also has blemishes, knocks etc consistent with years of use. Although there are signs of historic woodworm (re-treated for surety by us) and there are a pair of ancient iron braces, front to rear, at the base of its legs, the stand is extremely robust and holds itself and the weighty press absolutely firmly. The press itself is demountable but the whole is 47 inches high. The stand alone measures 29 inches high by 16 inches deep and 25 inches wide - or - 45 inches wides with its flaps up. For a more complete history of Waterlows we commend you to search the internet but briefly - Waterlow and Sons Limited was a major worldwide engraver of currency, postage stamps, stocks and bond certificates based in London, Watford and Dunstable in England. The company was founded as a family business in 1810
Price £725 €823.46 $965.92
A surveyor's level in lacquered and anodised brass by Stanley in original fitted mahogany case with lock and key. Instrument measures 10 inches by 6 inches - we have left this with its original anodised finish but it could of course be polished in order to make a more glitzy display - £100
Price £100 €113.58 $133.23
We can sadly impart no pearls of wisdom regarding this fantastically quirky set of scales other than to tell you that they are French and were used for weighing cheeses. How old?.......who knows but their looks and construction the early years of the last century at least. Constructed of, mainly, pine with steel and iron fittings the base does have a few of those large typically French woodworm holes but nothing to worry about as they have been soused with the correct fluid. Fully functional - providing you have a set of weights as they come with just a few imperial ones - or an eccentrically decorative conversation piece. Sizewise they work out at about 24 inches high, by 20 inches wide and 41 inches long in case that is an issue.
Price £220 €249.88 $293.11
A delightful set of Victorian postal or letter scales in brass on mahogany plinth, which itself is set on squat bun feet. The letter pan to the right is engraved with the letter rates dating the scale between 1871 and 1885 and there is a full compliment of brass weights that range from 1lb to 1/4oz.
Price £120 €136.30 $159.88
Barograph by Maxant of Paris. Working order and complete with spare graph papers. The original lacquer on its mahogany case is somewhat bloomed and there is superficial external oxidisation to to the lower of its four aneroid capsules but we have left this 'patination' as is: thus allowing this instrument to be offered at an attractive price and giving its new owner the choice of 'improving' or not.
Price £185 €210.12 $246.48