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The platform here is marked, in raised letters, “NOVELTY WORKS LIVINGSTON ROGGEN & CO. NO. 10.” The beam is marked “LIVINGSTON ROGGEN & CO.” on one side, and “FAIRBANKS PATENT” on the other.
The Pittsburgh Novelty Works was established in 1833 and specialized in “Domestic Hardware.” Laureston R. Livingston and John J. Roggen took charge of the firm in 1846. Livingston and William B. Copeland were proprietors by 1856. The shop burned in 1870 and was not rebuilt.
Ref: Pittsburgh Novelty Works, Catalogue and Price List (Pittsburgh, [186?], pp. 18-29.
Currently not on view
date made
mid-nineteenth century
Livingston Roggen and Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
each wheel: 10 cm; x 3 15/16 in
platform: 45 cm x 58.5 cm; x 17 11/16 in x 23 1/16 in
overall: 92.5 cm x 49.5 cm x 73.5 cm; 36 7/16 in x 19 1/2 in x 28 15/16 in
oak insert: 26 cm x 46.3 cm; 10 1/4 in x 18 1/4 in
overall: 36 in x 33 in x 19 in; 91.44 cm x 83.82 cm x 48.26 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Detecto Scales, Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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