steelyard balance

Steelyard balance with a wooden scale beam marked in brass dots inlay, a brass pan hanging at the one end of the beam with three hemp cords, while an iron weight suspended on red cotton cord along the beam. There are Chinese inscriptions on the pan written in black ink.

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