Roman Scale

24. Balança romana

c.1958
Metal and wood

Metal scale used to weight the coffee bags. The weighting process was performed putting the coffee bag in one of the wooden plates and 20kg weights in the other plate. One coffee bag should weight 60kg, i.e. three weights of 20kg. It was generally used on warehouses by baggers after the assemble of new coffee connections or to check the bag weight.
It was manufactured by Técnica Industrial Oswaldo Filizola, a company founded on 1958 in the State of São Paulo by the engineer Oswaldo Filizola.
The object was owned by the Brazilian Coffee Institute – IBC – regulatory agency of the product. The collection of this institution, terminated on 1989, was in charge of the Ministry of Agriculture, and was partially stored on Carapicuíba Storage on Baruerí, State of São Paulo. The equipment was donated to Museu do Café on 2005.