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Description
Seed testing station scales from the Wellington Seed Testing Station, circa 1920. The Seed Testing Station was established circa 1911 by the New Zealand Government to ensure high-quality seeds were being used and provide analysis of the seeds. A main goal was to protect the agricultural market and ensure the production and export of agricultural goods remained high-end.

Part 1 (2019.103.1.1=7)
Sensitive laboratory balance scales mounted within wooden and glass cabinet. Three brass feet underneath base can be adjusted to level the balance. Two levers on the right-hand side of the cabinet operate a chain mechanism for adjusting the scales. Circular knob on front locks/unlocks the scales so they can be operated. Inscription on the balance beam part reads "PRAECISION"; "AS".

Part 2 (2019.103.2.1=18)
Rectangular wooden box with hinged lid and two fastening hooks on front. Contains 17 small metal (Brass) weights for balancing the scales.

Part 3 (2019.103.3)
KD Dessicator. Circular metal tin filled with moisture absorbing crystals. Tin has perforated holes to allow air circulation. Small glass window on top to view colour of crystals inside.
Media/Materials
Organic/Vegetal/Wood
Processed Material/Glass
Processed Material/Metal
Signature/Marks and Type
AS / PRAECISION Inscribed
K D AIR / DESSICATOR Embossed
KD / PATT.No.393094 / WHEN BLUE GRAINS TURN PINK HEAT IN OVEN UNTIL BLUE. Embossed
Accession No
2019.103
Credit Line
Seed Testing Scales, 2019.103. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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