Catalogue

Square or Rectangular Types

1110
1110 Symbols Only Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol
Notes: Cut roughly square and filed to correct weight.Biggs states that the Reverse of the smaller weights may be blank but as I have a nearly complete set, all with blank Reverse, I prefer to treat them as a distinct set, which I have provisionally numbered 1110a – pending classification by Professor Biggs.I treat this set as the earliest of what may be called the standardised sets and think it may date from the early 19th Century, though I do have one weight with a verification mark “London 1952″.
1110A
1110A Symbols Only – Similar to 1111 Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol
Reverse: Blank
Notes: Cut roughly square and filed to correct weightSimilar to Set No.1110 but stamped on one side onlySee note under Set No 1110
1111 - front 1111 - reverse
1111 Script Letters & Symbols Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Numeral with Unit in Script Lettering
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Cut roughly square and filed to correct weight
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1111A Script Lettering On Both Sides Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Numeral with Unit in Script Lettering
Reverse: Numeral with Unit in Script Lettering
Spelling: Drams
Notes: This set is not listed by Biggs although I have two weights (1 & 2 Drams) of this description. I have numbered it set 1111A pending Professor Biggs’ decision.Cut roughly square and filed to correct weight
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1112 Script Lettering & Symbols – Modified Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Numeral with Unit in Script Lettering
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: The Scruple Weights of Set 1111 and Set 1112 would be identical.Cut roughly square and filed to correct weight
1113
1113 Numeral & Capital Letters Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Numeral with Denomination in Capital Letters
Reverse: Numeral with Denomination in Capital Letters
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Cut roughly square and filed to correct weight
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1114 Austerity Type Brass – Stamped – 20th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol
Reverse: Numeral & “GRAINS”
Notes: Cut roughly square and filed to correct weightProbably World War 2 or Post War Austerity Issue
1115
1115 Austerity Type Brass – Stamped – 20th Century
Front: Numeral & “GRAINS”
Reverse: Numeral & “GRAINS”
Notes: Cut roughly square and filed to correct weightProbably World War 2 or Post War Austerity Issue
1116
1116 Post World War 2 Type Brass – Stamped – 20th Century
Front: Numeral with Unit in words
Reverse: Numeral with Unit in words
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Cut roughly square and filed to correct weight.Spelling sometimes abbreviated on smaller weights E.g. ‘SCR’ instead of ‘SCRUPLE’

Round Brass Types

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1120 Symbols & Words Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol
Reverse: Numeral with Unit in words
Spelling: Drams

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1121 Uniface with Words & Symbols Brass – Stamped – 19th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol with the Numeral above and the Unit in Words beneath
Reverse: Numeral with Unit in words
Spelling: Drams
1122
1122 Uniface with Symbols Only Brass – Stamped – 20th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol
Reverse: Blank
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Biggs states that these are rare and apparently date mid-20th Century

Other Shapes

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1130 Rectangular with Concave Edges Brass – Stamped – Late 19th to Early 20th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol
Reverse: Numeral with Unit in Script Lettering
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Biggs states that these were probably made by Day & Millward. They are rare.

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1140 Figurative Type Brass – Stamped – Early 20th Century
Front: Made in Shape of Numeral with name of Unit stamped on.
Reverse: Blank
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Patented in 1903 by P. Edwards. They are rare.

Round Die-Struck Weights – Coin Shaped

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1220 Avery 1847 Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th Century
Front: A Crown surrounded by lettering “REGISTER MARCH16 1847″ & this surrounded by “APOTHECARIES WEIGHT * W & T A”.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre with Unit in Words above and below
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Crown is omitted on Half & One Scruple Weights.
1221
1221 Avery Second Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: Apothecary Symbol in Centre with Unit in Words curved above and “W & T A” below.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre with Unit in Words curved above and “W & T A” below.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Set 1240, manufactured by J.L.B., and Set 1222, made by Hodgson & Stead are copies of this set. Set 1221 was advertised in Avery’s 1894 Catalogue.

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1222 H & S Type Brass – Die-Struck – 20th Centuries
Front: Apothecary Symbol in Centre with Unit in Words curved above and “H & S” below.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre with Unit in Words curved above and “H & S” below.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: This is a copy of Avery’s Type 1221 but made by Hodgson & Stead which was taken over by Avery in 1913. Briggs suggests that this set should probably be dated around the time of the take-over.

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1223 Standard Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: A Crown in Centre with “STANDARD” curved around above and a line ornament below.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre with Number in words curved above and denomination in words curved below.
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Maker is unknown.  Set is rare.

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1224 Rogers First Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: “STANDARD” curved around above a line ornament with “P.ROGERS & CO.” below.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre inside a circle with Number in words curved above and Unit in words curved below. With a beaded border.
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Set 1224 & Set 1225 differ only in the spelling of ‘Dram’ and ‘Drachm’. The scruple weights are identical in both sets. The 2 Dram Weight lacks the inner Circle.
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1225 Rogers First Type (Modified) Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: “STANDARD” curved around above a line ornament with “P.ROGERS & CO.” below.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre inside a circle with Number in words curved above and Unit in words curved below. With a beaded border.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: The 2 Drachm Weight lacks the inner Circle. Set 1224 & Set 1225 differ only in the spelling of ‘Dram’ and ‘Drachm’. The scruple weights are identical in both sets.
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1226 Rogers Birmingham Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: “P. ROGERS” curved around above and “BIRMINGHAM” curved around below with “& CO.” and a line ornament in the centre.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre inside a circle with Number in words curved above and Unit in words curved below.With a beaded border.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes:
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1227 Apothecaries Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: A CROWN in centre within a circle, surrounded by “APOTHECARIES WEIGHT”. With a beaded edge.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Number and Unit in words curved around top, and one or more * (stars) curved below. With a beaded border
Spelling: Drams
Notes:
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1228 Apothecaries Type (Modified) Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: A CROWN in centre within a circle, surrounded by “APOTHECARIES WEIGHT”.
With a beaded edge.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Number and Unit in words curved around top, and one or more * (stars) curved below. With a beaded border
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Set 1227 & Set 1228 differ only in the spelling of ‘Dram’ and ‘Drachm’. The scruple weights are identical in both sets.
1229
1229 Double Reverse Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Numeral and Unit in words curved around top, and one or more * (stars) curved below. With a beaded border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Numeral and Unit in words curved around top, and one or more * (stars) curved below. With a beaded border.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Both sides are similar to the reverse of Set 1228.
1240
1240 JLB Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Numeral and Unit in words curved around top, with “J.L.B.” below. With a beaded border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Numeral and Unit in words curved around top, with “J.L.B.” below. With a beaded border.
Spelling: Drachms and Ounzes
Notes: A copy of Avery’s set 1221. Quite common and seems to have been used in Household Medicine Kits. Manufacturer is unknown. This set is unusual in that 4 Drachm and 1 Ounze weights are sometimes seen. Note the unusual spelling of  ‘Ounze’.
1310
1310 JLB Iron Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries
Front: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Numeral and Unit in words curved around top, with “J.L.B.” below. With a beaded border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in Centre within a circle with Numeral and Unit in words curved around top, with “J.L.B.” below. With a beaded border.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Similar to Set 1240 but made of Iron with a silver plating which has usually degenerated to a greater or less extent to a greyish coating. If in doubt check with a magnet though I have one weight which is not magnetic but seems to be silver coated.

Lozenge or Octagonal Types

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1250 Avery 1850 Lozenge Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries – Post 1850
Front: Lion standing on a Crown in Centre with Registration Symbols on either side. “STANDARD” curved around top with “W.& T.A.” below. All in a beaded border
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in centre with Number above and Unit below – both in words. All in a beaded border
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Half Dram has no Lion. One Scruple has neither Lion nor Crown and only one Registration Mark. Half Dram is also found as One & Half Scruples*
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1251 Avery 1850 Incuse Diamond Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries – Post 1850
Front: Lion standing on a Crown in Centre with Registration Symbols on either side. “STANDARD” curved around top with “W.& T.A.” below. All in a beaded border. Same as Set 1250 but with the Registration Diamonds stamped on rather than die-struck.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in centre with Number above and Unit below – both in words. All in a beaded border. Same as Set 1250.
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Probably an early version of 1250

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1252 Avery 1850 “A” Variety Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries – Post 1850
Front: Lion standing on a Crown in Centre with Registration Symbols on either side. “STANDARD” curved around top with “A” below. All in a beaded border. Same as Set 1250 but with the “W.& T.A.” replaced by “A”
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in centre with Number above and Unit below – both in words. All in a beaded border.  Same as Set 1250
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Probably an early version of 1250

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1253 JBB Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries – Post 1850
Front: Lion standing on a Crown in Centre with Roses on either side. “STANDARD” curved around top with “J.B.B.” below. All in a beaded border. Same as Set 1250 but with the Diamond Registration Symbols replaced by Roses.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in centre with Number above and Unit below – both in words. All in a beaded border. Same as Set 1250 except that name of unit is curved below theApothecary Symbol.
Notes: Manufacturer unknown. Very scarce – perhaps because they infringed Avery’s patent and were withdrawn.

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1254 Standard Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries – Post 1850
Front: “STANDARD” with a simple line decoration above and below. All in a beaded border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in centre with Number above and Unit below – both in words. All in a beaded border.  Same as Set 1250
Spelling: Drams
Notes: Manufacturer unknown but one wonders if JBB replaced Set 1253 with this set.
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1255 Avery Birmingham Type Brass – Die-Struck – 19th & 20th Centuries – Post 1895
Front: “LIMITED” across the middle with “W.& T.AVERY” curved above and “BIRMINGHAM” curved below. All in a beaded border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in centre with Number above and Unit below – both in words. All in a beaded border.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: Avery became a Limited Company in 1895 which helps date this set. I have 3 gilt or gold plated weights of this set which I have not seen mentioned elsewhere
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1256 W & T Avery Type Brass – Die-Struck –Pre 1895
Front: Numeral in Centre with “W & T AVERY” above & Unit in words below.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in centre with “W & T AVERY” above.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: No beaded borders.
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1257 Avery – First ‘Grains’ Type Brass – Die-Struck – Post 1895
Front: Numeral in Centre with “W & T AVERY LD” above & Unit in words below.
Reverse: Numeral in Centre with “W & T AVERY LD” above & “GRAINS” below.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: There is no LD” on front of smaller weights and whole name is omitted on reverse. No beaded borders.
1257A
1257A Avery – First ‘Grains’ Type – Variety: Double Grains Brass – Die-Struck – Post 1911
Front: Numeral in Centre with “W & T AVERY LD” above & “GRAINS” below.
Reverse: Numeral in Centre with “W & T AVERY LD” above & “GRAINS” below.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: There is no LD” on front of smaller weights and whole name is omitted on reverse. No beaded borders. Biggs does not list this as an Apothecaries Weight.

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1258 Avery Second ‘Grains’ Type Brass – Lozenge Shaped – Die-Struck – Pre 1895
Front: Numeral  above & “GRAINS” below
Reverse: Numeral in Centre with “AVERY” above & Unit in words below
Spelling: Drachms

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1280 Symbols Only Type Brass – Square – Die-Struck – Late 19th Century
Front: Apothecary Symbol in a field with a raised border
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in a field with a raised border

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1285 Words & Symbols Brass – Square – Die-Struck – Post c.1920
Front: Numeral above the Unit in words curved below.  All in a field with a raised border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in a field with a raised border.
Spelling: Drachms
Notes: My boxed set is labelled “H.M.Stanley Ltd., Burgess Hill, Sussex”. Made from finished flans with rounded edges.

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1290 Grains & Symbols Type Brass – Square – Die-Struck
Front: Numeral above “GRAINS” curved below.  All in a field with a raised border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in a field with a raised border.
Notes: Made from finished flans with rounded edges.

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1291 Grains & Symbols Type – Unfinished Flans Brass – Square – Die-Struck
Front: Numeral above “GRAINS” curved below.  All in a field with a raised border.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol in a field with a raised border.
Notes: Made from rough-cut unfinished flans. Similar to Set No. 1290

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1300 Aluminium Type Square cuboidal blocks with bevelled edges
Front: Apothecary Symbol stamped on.
Reverse: Apothecary Symbol stamped on.
Notes: Biggs states that they are often seen with London verification marks from the 1920′s. My samples were a kind gift from Tom Wood.