English Oak Jockey Scale by Youngs of London

  • This handsomely carved English solid oak jockey scale was crafted by Youngs of London
  • Such scales were used at English tracks to determine the jockey’s weight before a big race
  • This was done to prevent any one jockey from being lighter than the rules regulated
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Item No. 31-3315

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This handsomely carved English solid oak jockey scale by Youngs of London comes complete with its brass bell weights. These ingenious scales were used at English tracks to determine the jockey’s weight before a big race. This was done to prevent any one jockey from being lighter than the rules regulated, which would give him and his horse an advantage over their competitors.

The scale works using brass weights that represent a certain number of stones, or the British unit of weight measurement, with each stone equaling 14 pounds. The jockey would sit in the seat, and the brass weights would be placed in the pan until nearly balanced. To refine the measurement, the slide would be placed within the notches along the main scale arm until perfectly balanced, and the corresponding measurement would provide the jockey's weight. Because the weights were specifically designed for use with a particular scale, it minimized any potential tampering by a dishonest jockey. 

Stamped "Youngs' / London" 

Circa 1880

35" wide x 21" deep x 35 1/2" high

Provenance:
From the Collection of Mrs. Henry Ford II
English Oak Jockey Scale by Youngs of London
Maker: Young & Son
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Jockey Scales
Depth: 21.0 Inches
Width: 35.0 Inches
Height: 35.5 Inches
Style: Victorian

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