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This is a trip scale on a heavy iron base, designed for confectionary use. The two pans are missing, as are the two cylindrical weights that would fit into the holes at either side. The inscription on the graduated beam that supports the movable weight reads “J. CHATILLON & SONS.”
John Chatillon (1813-1872) was an immigrant from Germany who began in business in New York in 1835, making spring scales and balances. The firm became John Chatillon & Sons in 1872.
Ref: John Chatillon & Sons, Catalogue of Spring Balances, Scales, Butchers’ Cutlery, and Other Goods (New York, 1905), p. 164.
Currently not on view
date made
around 1900
John Chatillon and Sons
place made
United States: New York, New York
pan: 16 mm x 109 mm; 5/8 in x 4 5/16 in
overall: 21.5 cm x 49.5 cm x 19 cm; 8 7/16 in x 19 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in
overall: 8 1/4 in x 19 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 20.955 cm x 49.53 cm x 19.05 cm
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Gift of Detecto Scales, Inc.
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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