Posted 4 years ago
We found this weight/Bar in an old barn where someone was having a "garage" sale last summer. The fellow had set up some tables in his barn and this weight was not supposed to be part of the items for sale. When I asked him what it was used for, he stated that it was in the barn when he had bought the farm 30 years before and had no idea what it was for. He had used it to keep the large barn door open when the animals were brought into the barn. He told me,"You can have that old thing for $15.00 if you can lift it and bring it to your car". I gave him the $15.00 and half dragged it to my car. I realized after I had cleaned it a bit that it was Solid BRONZE and 1000 ounces of Bronze weighs 62.5 lbs.
There are no markings except for the 1000 impressed into the Bronze handle and it appears to have been made in one piece. What were these weights used for? Industrial Scale weights or for foundries that used Bronze for melting/manufacturing? How can you sell something like this? It's a little too heavy to use as a door stop. Any ideas? RER (LOUMANAL)