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Romano-British or Early Anglo-Saxon Steelyard Lead Weight

Romano-British or Early Anglo-Saxon Steelyard Lead Weight

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The Romano-British culture or Early Anglo-Saxon period c. 200-600 AD, Britain.

Fascinating, crudely made conical steelyard lead weight with a circular perforation through a flattened section at the top. A steelyard balance (also known as a Roman steelyard or Roman balance) is a straight-beam balance with arms of unequal length. It incorporates a counterweight which slides along the longer arm to counterbalance the load and indicate its weight. The steelyard weight is a balancing counterweight that is attached to a steelyard balance, often made of lead or copper alloy. The suspension loop at the top of the weight is used to tie a rope through so that it can be hung from a steelyard balance. The small size of the steelyard weight indicates that the steelyard balance used with this weight was portable and used to weigh small articles of merchandise. Steelyards were developed during the Roman period (around 200 BC.) and were first brought to England during the era of Roman occupation.

Good condition. Age-related heavy wear and abrasion. Mineral encrustation. Size approx. 2,0cm x 1,7cm x 1,5cm.

Provenance: Dutch private collection.

References and further reading:

Steelyard weight, Medieval London - Fordham University (

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