A rare Benjamin Martin ivory coin scale,  English, circa 1775,
Lot 117
Two rare Benjamin Martin ivory coin scales, English, circa 1775, (2)
Sold for £2,750 (US$ 4,696) inc. premium
Lot Details
Two rare Benjamin Martin ivory coin scales, English, circa 1775,
one stamped Martin fecit No. 272, the other Martin Fecit 3984, one with ivory beam calibrated on one side in 3d steps from 3s 6d to 21s and on the reverse in 6d steps from 22s to 36s, brass sliding weight and blued steel pointer, lacking coin clip, the other lacking sliding weight and coin clip but similarly scaled, in fishskin covered case pocket case, the beam 6in (15cm) long (2)

Footnotes

  • For similar scale, see inventory no. 35041, The Oxford Museum of the History of Science.

    See Retailer of Science, Benjamin Martin's Scientific Instrument Catalogues, 1756-82 by John R Millburn. Page 45 item 125, "Portable steelyard for weighing gold 5s 9d".
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Jon Baddeley
    Specialist - Scientific Instruments
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, United Kingdom SW7 1HH
    Work 0207 393 3872
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3873