Balance

Description
This has a 17-inch beam, 4.5-inch brass pans, a columnar support, and a square base marked “BRETON / À PARIS.” Louis and André Breton were brothers who studied with leading scientific instrument makers in Paris before opening their own instrument shop in 1836, and showing their wares at several national and international exhibitions. E. Breton, of Paris, showed physics apparatus at the international exhibition of 1878.
Ref: Breton Frères, Catalogue et Prix des Instrumens de Physique, de Chimie, d’Optique, de Mathématique et d’Astronomie (Paris, 1852).
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
19th century
1800-1900
date made
mid-nineteenth century
maker
Breton
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Measurements
overall: 78.7 cm x 53 cm x 17.8 cm; 31 in x 20 7/8 in x 7 in
column: 4.5 cm; x 1 3/4 in
each pan: 11 cm; x 4 5/16 in
ID Number
CH.328650
catalog number
328650
accession number
1993.0191
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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