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

May 14, 2001

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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Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit

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