Balance

Description
This is a large counter balance with a gold finish, cylindrical scale, and oval glass commodity plate. The word “STIMPSON” appears in large painted letters near the top.
Walter Franklin Stimpson (1870-1942) obtained a U.S. patent (#543,323) for a computing scale on July 23, 1895. This example was probably made by the Stimpson Computing Scale Co., in Louisville, Ky., in the 1920s.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1920s
maker
Stimpson Computing Scale Company
place made
United States: Kentucky, Louisville
Measurements
overall: 76.2 cm x 47 cm x 56.5 cm; 30 in x 18 1/2 in x 22 1/4 in
overall: 29 3/8 in x 18 3/8 in x 20 in; 74.6125 cm x 46.6725 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
1983.0514.26
catalog number
1983.0514.26
accession number
1983.0514
Credit Line
Gift of City of New York
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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