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instrument used in laboratories and pharmacies to measure the mass or weight of a body. A balance functions by measuring the force of gravity that the earth exerts on an object, i.e., its weight.
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(an incorrect English translation of the German Staalhof, from Middle Low German Staal, or “sample,” and Hof, or “yard,” the error resulting from the similar pronunciations of the German words Staal and Stahl, or “steel”), a name that dates from the 15th and 16th centuries for the Kontor (counter) of the German Hanseatic merchants in London, the center of Hanseatic trading in England. The Steelyard, located on the site of a German merchants’ hall known from the 13th century, was a community united in strict discipline; its members enjoyed extensive commercial privileges in England. Trade was strictly regulated by the Hanseatic League. The Steelyard had branches in several other English cities as well. In the late 16th century, the Kontor was closed; the privileges of the Hanseatic merchants were revoked, and the merchants themselves were expelled from England.


A weighing device with a counterbalanced arm supporting the load to be weighed on the short end.
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Holbein painted murals for the German Steelyard Guildhall in London, and the famous double-portrait of the French ambassador Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve, a bishop (which is unfortunately too fragile to travel the two miles from the National Gallery to Tare Britain).
Commencing with a review of background for the social history of emigrants, it then traces the transformation of the Hanse of Cologne merchants in London into the Hanse Teutonicorum of the London Steelyard.
In any case, the public cannot be supposed capable of such discriminations, all the less so when it is readily imaginable that ten plates of steel found in a steelyard and arrayed to look like "Twain" would have no claim to the status of art at all.
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Tenders are invited for carriage of steel from the steelyard of EFU, Naini, Allahabad to various fabrication workshop within the premises of Electy.
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37 The Steelyard was for 300 years up to 1598 a part of London where German merchants lived and worked exempt from English law - to which powerful organisation did they belong?
It is significant that these 'Stranger' communities, numbering some 5,000 individuals in London during the final years of Henry VIII's reign, particularly the resident Hanseatic merchant enclave at the Steelyard on the City waterfront, were instrumental to the introduction of Reformation ideology and the foundation of the first Protestant churches in the metropolis by the mid-sixteenth-century.
A FORMER steelyard worker living on disability benefits has appealed for help to keep alive his dream of seeing his four sons becoming ballet dancers.