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A GOLD-DAMASCENED PEARL MERCHANT'S WEIGHING SET
A GOLD-DAMASCENED PEARL MERCHANT'S WEIGHING SET

IRAN, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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A GOLD-DAMASCENED PEARL MERCHANT'S WEIGHING SET
IRAN, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
With brass trays, the beam with elegant scroll works, the pillar with similar decoration, with suspension loop
15 ¾in. (40cm.) high

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Lot Essay

The scales above would have been made for a merchant who traded in jewellery, precious metals or pearls. It would have been part of a much larger set, including weights, various tools and implements, and possibly arms and pans for smaller scales, all contained in a lacquered box. Two such sets sold at Christie's London, 12 October 1999, lot 229 and 25 Ocotber 2018, lot 132.

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