Historically this item would have been used by gold miners, rabbit shooters, mobile "Rag and Bone" traders and other mobile(in caravans and/or horse drawn cart) traders of various small goods and haberdashery.
Sometimes these are marked as not to be used as trade, the isolation and sometimes difficult terrain rules out using larger and more delicate scales.
In the early 1900s rough roads and severe weather conditions forced traders to be more flexible in trading with weights and measures.
The "close enough is good enough" doctrine was the Australian outback rule of thumb.
In lovely antique condition.
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Size - 18cm total.