Where to find 'scales of justice'
June 14, 2012 6:03 PM   Subscribe

Where can I buy balance scales similar to the "scales of justice" in Australia (preferably online)?

I've been searching online for hours for scales similar to this one and I can't seem to find them anywhere. I might be using the wrong term for what I'm searching for since it's technically called a 'balance' not scales but that doesn't result in anything either. Can anyone help?
posted by nextian_geometry to Shopping (9 answers total)
Try "brass balance scale" in your searches?
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:13 PM on June 14, 2012

Response by poster: Similar results for brass balance scale unfortunately - the only results are for eBay and since this is for a corporate event we can't purchase anything from online auction sites.
posted by nextian_geometry at 6:35 PM on June 14, 2012

I found several items like this one on Amazon. Couldn't find anything like that on an Australian site though. (I was searching 'kitchen balance scales').
posted by jacalata at 6:42 PM on June 14, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks, it is definitely something that is nearly impossible to find in Australia unless it's at an antiques auction. I should clarify as well that it doesn't have to be made of brass - it just needs to be the same type of scales/balance.
posted by nextian_geometry at 7:13 PM on June 14, 2012

Does it need to be a hand balance, or will a stand balance do? How classy does it need to be? Plastic? Wooden?
posted by Pinback at 8:40 PM on June 14, 2012

Some eBay sellers (in particular items with a Buy-It-Now price) will sell to you outside of eBay, including a proper invoice, if you contact them directly and explain the situation.
posted by theclaw at 9:01 PM on June 14, 2012

I was able to find some searching with variants of "apothecary scales" and "pan balances". Red Sky Trader has wee ones, and they ship expensively and slowly to Australia.
posted by gingerest at 10:02 PM on June 14, 2012

Small brass sets were often found in head shops near railway arcades in suburban Australia in the 1980s. If you are in Sydney or Melbourne, I am sure there is one of those shops still extant in each city (a Melb one was downstairs on Swanston near Flinders St.)

Red Sky have just the ones I mean for under $30 including shipping.
posted by the fish formerly known as sarcastic fringehead at 10:56 PM on June 14, 2012

Try this - scroll through, there are a few like the ones you mean.
posted by inkypinky at 2:02 AM on June 15, 2012

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