This authentic weight in the shape of a so-called cuboctahedron corresponds exactly to the historical bronze weights of the Vikings.
The bronze weight measures 0.7 x 0.7 cm and weighs about 2 grams.
Viking weights in the shape of a cuboctahedron are first attested for the Viking Age in the second half of the 9th century and spread in rapid succession throughout the Baltic region.
One side of the scales was filled with so-called hack silver or silver coins, and the other side was balanced with the corresponding bronze weights until the pointer was centred.
In addition to the bronze weight with about 2 grams and the Viking folding scales from our range, you can also buy other weights with about 4 grams, 6 grams and 8 grams.
This scale weight in the form of a so-called cuboctahedron corresponds quite exactly to the original bronze weights of the Viking Age and measures 0.8 x 0.8 cm and weighs about 4 grams. Link to original Viking weights…
Kuboktaedic scale weights are first attested for the Viking Age in the second half of the 9th century and spread throughout the entire Baltic region.
To weigh, a Viking scale was filled with hack silver or silver coins in one pan and balanced on the other side with the appropriate counterweights until the pointer of the scale aligned in the middle.
To use the Viking scales properly, you can buy other bronze weights with about 2 grams, 6 grams and 8 grams in addition to this Viking weight with about 4 grams.
This so-called ball weight or spherical zone weight corresponds exactly to an original bronze weight of the Viking Age and measures 1.1 x 0.9 cm. The weight is about 6 grams.
There is evidence of large numbers of spherical scale weights in the Viking Age, and they soon spread throughout the entire Baltic region in the course of extensive trading activities.
For weighing, the Viking folding scales were filled with a certain amount of hack silver or silver coins in one weighing pan and then balanced with the corresponding counterweights on the other side until the pointer aligned in the middle.
To use the Viking scales from our range properly, you can buy other bronze weights of about 2 grams, 4 grams and 8 grams in addition to this spherical Viking weight of 6 grams.
The early scale weights of the Viking Age were made of iron, which was covered with a thin skin of bronze or another copper alloy. This was to prevent the weights from being manipulated.
At the end of the 10th century, standardized scale weights were finally made of a copper alloy such as bronze.
It is astonishing that despite the absence of a central authority, the standardization of uniform weight units nevertheless prevailed among the Vikings. Weights for Viking scales primarily came in three different forms:
Cubooctahedron weights were shaped like cubes with the corners cut off.
Spherical zone weights were shaped like spheres with the top and bottom flattened.
Double-zone weights were similar to spherical weights, but had a conical shape instead of a spherical shape.