A fragment of an arm form a set of scales found in Cromwell, Nottinghamshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 4.0
Scale Arm Fragment (DENO-0619F7)
A fragment of an arm from a set of scales found in Cromwell, Nottinghamshire
Folding balances of the type to which this arm belongs are known from the late Anglo-Saxon period and are quite common from the medieval period. The dating of this artefact is therefore somewhat problematic.
Scales were a common commerical tool and would have been an important part of any exchange whether using a monetary system or a bullion system, such as the one that existed in Viking-occupied areas of England.