Steelyard Balance

Unequal-arm beam balance with two suspension clevises fitted with swivel hooks mounted near its wide end, the upper for hanging the balance and the lower for holding the load. Longer, narrow arm has small hole at end and is graduated with two scales, one side stamped 2, 5, 10 and every increment of five thereafter subdivided to fourths and the other side stamped 10, 20 and every increment of 20 thereafter subdivided to tenths. Both sides of short arm struck incuse "I.EDWARDS / MAKER / NEW.YORK", all in roman letters. Missing counterweight or -poise.
Maker is John Edwards of New York, NY.
Currently not on view
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date made
ca 1840
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
overall: 2 in x 27 in x 3 3/4 in; 5.08 cm x 68.58 cm x 9.525 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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