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Quarry Bank, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)
Cotton scales in wooden cabinet with glass panels made by John Nesbitt, Manchester. This cotton scale was known as a ‘sensitive balance’ because it required the utmost care and precision when using it. The glass enclosure was convenient as it did not obscure the light and the balance was kept dust-free and did not need to be removed when yarn was weighed. The weights were grains and decimals of grains only. Having found the weight of the yarn, its count was noted by reference to a wrapping chart. John Nesbitt was located at 42 Market Street, Manchester. The workshop manufactured instruments for the textile industry such as weighting scales, yarn balances and wrap reels. In 1913, John Nesbitt took over scale makers H. Sutcliffe & Co, which was also located in Manchester.