Bismar or unequal-arm balance scale consisting of a slender rod with turned spool-and-compressed-ball weight fixed at one end and an astragal-cornered diamond or lozenge shape load hook chased with the initial "K" suspended from the other end. Rod stamped with scale of fifteen small heart-shaped dots with very thin notches. Missing its sliding fulcrum or pivot.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1700 - 1800
Physical Description
brass (beam; weight; load hook material)
metal, white (rivet on load hook material)
iron wire (hanging wire material)
overall: 1 in x 9 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 25.0825 cm x 3.175 cm
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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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