Steelyard Balance

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
steelyard
Object Type
scale
date made
ca 1840
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1978.0939.031
accession number
1978.0939
catalog number
1978.0939.031
subject
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Paul Remensnyder
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