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Lot 1238


Estimate: $300 - $500
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WILLIAM JACKSON (ACTIVE 1829-1832) ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA IRON AND BRASS BALANCE SCALE, wrought-iron scale beam signed both sides "W. JACKSON / ALEXANDRIA / D C", brass pans and chains unmarked, center cross support shows a stylized heart. Circa 1830. 22 1/4" W beam, 9 1/4" D pans.
Catalogue Note: MESDA Craftsman Database lists a William Jackson working in Alexandria between 1829-1832. The following is an advertisement from the Phenix Gazette March 16, 1831, courtesy of the Library of Congress: "WILLIAM JACKSON, Lock, Scale-beam, and Smiths' Bellows Manufacturer, RETURNS his sincere thanks to his friends and the public for that support he has experienced since his arrival in this place; and, at the same time, informs them that he has removed from King to Fairfax-street, opposite Dr. Stabler's Apothecary Store, where he intends to make and repair locks and keys of every description; also, scale beams of every size and quality, (commonest excepted). W. J. wishes to call the attention of the public to his beams in particular, to prevent them from being imposed upon with unjust imported ones, as he is able to prove that scarcely one in twenty are just that are imported. He makes smith's bellows of every size, warranted inferior to none; old ones re leathered. Bells neatly hung; guns and pistols carefully repaired; watch makers' vices repaired and re-cut; scissors, razors, shears, and knives ground at the shortest notice; umbrellas and parasols made and neatly repaired; glass, china and earthenware mended by cementing, with or without rivetting [sic].
N.B. Persons desirous of mending their own ware can be accommodated with the above cement, with directions for use, at 12 1/2 cents per stick. He makes real japan blacking, warranted not to injure the leather. The full value given, for old umbrellas, and parisols [sic]; old brass, pewter, lead, copper, iron, keys, &c &c."


Excellent original condition with no evident breaks or repairs to scale beam, only scattered light surface rust and white paint to mark. Brass pans with some minor denting and discoloration.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.