A Chinese steelyard scale consisting of a ivory scale rod with a brass pan and weight, all stored in a varnished wooden case that is shaped like a violin. The case consists of two halves with the lid screwed to the base of the case at one end. The lid swivels open to reveal areas that have been hollowed out to fit the rod, weight and pan. A circle of plaited cane slides up and down the handle of the case and acts as a lock.The ivory scale rod has black dots marking off the weight. The brass pan is joined to the rod with four strings and the detached rectangular weight is also attached to string.