Children's Receives Rare Collection of Scales and Weights in Estate

Seattle - Thanks to the generosity of Helen Voigt, who left her estate to Children’s Hospital, Children’s has acquired a wonderful collection of scales and weights.

Seattle - Thanks to the generosity of Helen Voigt, who left her estate to Children’s Hospital, Children’s has acquired a wonderful collection of scales and weights. The Voigts’ collecting took them to England and Austria where they collected rare and unusual examples of scales and weights - a picture of a time gone by.

The 23 scales come in many sizes. The collection includes tiny diamond and coin scales made to be carried in one’s pocket and to detect counterfeits, primitive hook scales for weighing meat, metal balance scales to large counter scales and a large market scale. There are also milk scales, postal scales, market scales, egg scales, coin scales and stately counter scales that bring back memories of buying candy by the pound.

There are 20 sets of weights, most from England. They come in a variety of sizes from 1/4 oz. up to 14 lb. lead and brass weights. Many are in beautiful brass and are marked with Queen Victoria’s or King George’s marks. There are two unusual white porcelain sets of weights and an unusual set of stacking bar weights.

The two rarest pieces are a Nuremberg Lion Scale from the 18th century and a Nuremberg set of nested weights. The scale is mounted on a wooden box. The drawer holds an extensive range of coin weights for gold coins in circulation throughout Europe. There is a lion that is used to adjust the height of the scale. The bronze nested weights are beautiful and very rare, with elephants and horses decorating the master cup. It is stamped with a deer and from the late 17th century.

These two rare pieces will be auctioned on eBay the week of May 15-22. The other scales and weights plus other items from the estate, including antique copper molds and brass pieces will be put at auction at noon on June 3 at the Curling Club at 1440 N. 128th, Seattle.

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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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