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Opium Scales

Opium Scales

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Directory: Antiques: Instruments and Implements: Medical: Apothecary: Pre 1910: Item # 1125325

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Pair of “opium scales” from Laos, these came from Luang Prabang but were used through much of Southeast Asia. Most likely these were used in everyday trading whether it was pork meat to big chunks of opium and are quite simple with lead applied to one end as a counterweight and the scale being measured in hash marks along the sides. The opposite ends have been inlaid with small rectangular pieces of a darker wood (possibly buffalo horn?), a subtle but attractive decoration. Some wear as to be expected, over 100 years old. See last enlargement for reference in Thai as to these being used in the opium trade. L: 26.5cm/10.4in and L: 28.5cm/11in.