Half a Ton

Half a Ton

In the United Kingdom, a slang term for 50 pounds.
References in classic literature ?
The Rodman Columbiad threw a shot weighing half a ton a distance of six miles, with a velocity of 800 yards per second-- a result which Armstrong and Palisser have never obtained in England.
Eureka weights only about half a pound," replied the horse, in a scornful tone, "while I weigh about half a ton.
With thousands of men, each back- tripping half a ton of outfit, retracing every mile of the trail twenty times, all came to know him and to hail him as "Father Christmas.
I kept my head pretty well; but when I had him at last stretched on the couch, I wiped my forehead, while my legs shook under me as though I had carried half a ton on my back down that hill.
If you can imagine a lance, or a battering ram, or a hammer weighing nearly half a ton driven by a cool, quiet mind living in the handle of it, you can roughly imagine what Kaa was like when he fought.
The 'Byzantine Empress' was already there, hung on the end wall - full length, gold frame weighing half a ton.