Torsion Balance

The metal tag on the front of the white metal case reads: “THE TORSION BALANCE CO. / STYLE 274 NEW YORK NO. 39746 / PAT. JAN. 6-85. JAN. 22-80. MAY 19-91.” A paper tag reads “CITY OF DETROIT.” The Torsion Balance Co. began trading as such in 1908, and referred to this style as a “Handy Druggists’ Scale.”
Ref: The Springer Torsion Balance Co., Price List of Fine Scales and Weights (New York, 1900), p. 6.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1901
early twentieth century
Torsion Balance Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Jersey City
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 10 in x 5 in; 12.7 cm x 25.4 cm x 12.7 cm
two scales: 1/2 in x 3 13/16 in x 4 7/8 in; 1.27 cm x 9.68375 cm x 12.3825 cm
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Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History