Torsion Balance

A tag on the base reads “THE TORSION BALANCE CO. NEW YORK STYLE 253 No. B112305 CAPACITY 4½KG. MADE IN U.S.A. APPROVED TYPE PENNA. SERIES NO. J.” Raised letters on the base read “TORSION BALANCE.” The case is oak, with hinged top.
This model had a capacity of 10 pounds, a sensitiveness of 3 grains, and a graduated beam in front, and was extensively used for routine work in colleges and industrial plants, and for weighing animals.
Ref: The Torsion Balance Co., Balances and Scales. Catalog No. 39 (New York, ca. 1941), p. 17.
Currently not on view
date made
around 1950
Torsion Balance Company
place made
United States: New York
overall: 29.3 cm x 56 cm x 28 cm; 11 9/16 in x 22 1/16 in x 11 in
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National Museum of American History