Spring Scale

Description
This small aluminum spring scale, said to be the “cheapest, simplest, most convenient ever invented,” indicates weights in pounds and ounces, and lengths in inches and centimeters. It is marked “STURGIS MNFG. CO., BALTIMORE, MD.” and “DIXIE LETTER SCALE” and “PATENTED.”
Ref: Russell Hastings Millward, “Combined Ruler and Letter-Scale,” U.S. Patent 1,045,425 (Nov. 26, 1912).
Ad for “Dixie Postal Scale” in Walden’s Stationer and Printer (Jan. 1911): 39.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
around 1911
around 1912
maker
Sturgis Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 1 in; 12.7 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
1994.0019.47
accession number
1994.0019
catalog number
1994.0019.47
subject
Weights & Measures
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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