Originally used in the Mining Recorder's Office in Dawson during the Klondike Gold Rush; the scales then went to Eagle, Alaska in 1939. Arthur Daily purchased the scales in 1945 or 1946 in Eagle and used them until 1971 with his work for Shell Oil. Arthur had a case made in the 1960's.
Gold scales were used to weigh out gold nuggets and dust during the Klondike Gold Rush. Gold dust was paid out at sixteen dollars an ounce at saloons and stores. Assay outfits were set up by the banks, so gold could melted down into bricks. The assayed gold could be evaluated and the price was usually between $14.50 and $18.50 an ounce. At the time, gold dust was an acceptable form of exchange in Dawson but fell out of favour because gold dust was prone to spillage and could easily be misweighed by unscrupulous bartenders. These scales from the mining recorders office were used to receive fee payments. When staking a claim for mining, the law required prospectors to register with the mining recorders office at the cost of $10.00 a claim.
Dawson City Museum, Dawson City