Weighing

 

Publications in refereed journals

Coin-weights in England -- up to 1588. British Numismatic J. 60 (1990) 65-79.

Review Article: British Coin-Weights (P. and B. Withers). British Numismatic Journal 63 (1993) 160-162; also shortened versions in Equilibrium (1994) 1793-96, and Numismatic Circular 102 (1994) 59.

Coin-weights made by the Founders. British Numismatic Journal 71 (2001) 111-118.

A Tale Untangled: measuring the fineness of yarn. Textile History 35(1) (2004) 120-129.

Provincial coin-weights in the eighteenth century. British Numismatic Journal 74 (2004) 102-120.

Review Article: Weights and Measures in Scotland (R.D. Connor and A.D.C. Simpson). British Numismatic Journal 75 (2005) 206-207.

Knowles' Patent Yarn Balance (with J.Hutchinson). Textile History 40(1) (2009) 97-102. PDF.

Applicable Mathematics in the 18th Century: An Example from the Textile Trade. Mathematics Today 47(2) 2011 96-100. PDF.

Checking the current coins 1344-1422. British Numismatic Journal 81 (2011) 119-143.

Weight, coinage, and the nation 973-1200. British Numismatic Journal 83 (2013) 75-100.

Mathematics at the Mint: a seventeenth century saga. British Numismatic Journal to appear

 

The 'English Weights' series

This is a set of six books, first published between 1992 and 2000. They are available from Galata. (Some of them are now (2016) out of print, but they turn up on eBay fairly regularly).

English Weights: an illustrated survey. 80pp. 1992, reprinted 1993,1995,1999.

Apothecaries Weights: an outline catalogue. 36pp. 1994

Bullion Weights: an outline catalogue. 64pp. 1995.

Local Verification Marks on Weights: the administrative background. 76pp, 1996.

Antique Weights: the nineteenth century. 84pp, 1998.

Lead Weights: the David Rogers Collection. (with P. Withers). 72pp. 2000.

 

Other publications on numismatics and metrology

English Coin-Weights [a series of nine articles]. Equilibrium (1986) 879-884, 913-919, 951-954; (1987) 984-988, 1010-1016, 1040-1046, 1060-1066; (1988) 1079-1086, 1125-1132.

Weights of Henry VII and VIII. Numismatic Circular 97 (1989) 81-82.

Review: Pondera Medicinalia (D. Vangroenweghe). Equilibrium (1989) 1297-1298.

An unusual 1640s coin scale (with D. Vangroenweghe). Equilibrium (1992) 1548-1552.

Review: Weight Stamping by the Founders Company (M. Stevenson). Equilibrium (1992) 1563-1565.

An Anglo-Saxon imitation of a Byzantine weight? Numismatic Circular 100 (1992) 227.

An excellent weight (with P. and B. Withers). Numismatic Circular 103 (1995) 5-6.

Local verification marks: the administrative background [a series of five articles]. Equilibrium, 1995-96, pp. 1891-1896, 1924-1930, 1955-1961, 1977-1983, 2031-2037.

Review: Byzantine Weights (S. Bendall). Numismatic Circular 104 (1996) 442.

Review: Marks and Marking of Weights and Measures of the British Isles (C. Ricketts). Equilibrium 1996, 2105-2106.

Catalogue of Local Verification Marks on English Weights, ISASC Members Edition, 64pp, 1996.

Review: US Coin Scales and Counterfeit Coin Detectors (E.P. Newman and A.G. Mallis). Equilibrium 1999, 2411-2412.

The Irish Apothecary Standard. Equilibrium (2009) 3437-3438.

Thomas Parker's Inch Weights. Equilibrium (2009) 3506-3507. An earlier version is available at the Wolverhampton Local History site.

The Assay Ton. Equilibrium (2009) 3532-3535.

Edward Whitfield and His Relations. Equilibrium (2010) 3553-3556.

Weights and Scales in Bradford - 1. Equilibrium (2010) 3603-3607.

Weights and Scales in Bradford - 2. Equilibrium (2010) 3638-3643.

Note on the Stocktaking Procedure. Equilibrium (2011) 3690-3691.

Gross Misrepresentation (with R. Myers). Equilibrium (2011) 3761-3762.

Weighing at the Banks 1: The Coming of the Gold Standard. Equilibrium (2011) 3724-3727.

Weighing at the Banks 2: The Golden Age of the Sovereign. Equilibrium (2011) 3754-3757.

Weighing at the Banks 3: Silver Coins. Equilibrium (2012) 3783-3786.

Weighing at the Banks 4: The 1950s and 1960s. Equilibrium (2012) 3809-3813.

Weighing at the Banks 5: Decimalisation. Equilibrium (2012) 3841-3844.

Weighing at the Banks 6: Towards the new millennium. Equilibrium (2012) 3865-3867.

Collecting ephemera related to personal weighing machines - 1 Equilibrium (2015) 4126-4231.

Collecting ephemera related to personal weighing machines - 2 Equilibrium (2015) 4149-4152. .

The Myers collection of local verification marks Equilibrium (2015)4202-4205. .

 

Ongoing projects

I am working on several projects that I plan to make available via this site.

 

A Geographical Directory of Weights and Measures Inspectors and their marks from 1826 onwards, together with the tradesmen who made, sold, and adjusted scales and weights. This is being made available gradually, starting with some of the smaller counties. Currently, the only material available here is a brief Introduction, and the counties of:



Anglesey
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Breconshire
Buckinghamshire
Caernarvonshire
Cambridgeshire
Cardiganshire
Carmarthenshire
Cheshire
Cornwall
Cumberland
Denbighshire
Derbyshire
Devonshire
Dorset
Durham
Flintshire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Huntingdonshire
Leicestershire
Lincs(Holland)
Lincs(Kesteven)
Lincs(Lindsey)
Merionethshire
Monomouthshire
Montgomeryshire
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Oxfordshire
Pembrokeshire
Rutland
Shropshire
Somerset
Suffolk
Sussex
Westmorland
Wiltshire
Worcestershire

More counties will follow - please email me for further details of the work in progress.
Other projects:

A survey of Iron Weights and their makers.

A survey of Bankers' Weights, a field that was covered in outline only in my Bullion Weights book. A summary of this work has now appearing in EQM - see the publications listed above.


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