Balance

Description
This is an agate-bearing, triple-beam trip scale with a black iron base and a round white ceramic plate. The inscription at the end of the beams near the plate reads “CENTRAL SCIENTIFIC CO. / CHICAGO, U.S.A. / NEW YORK – BOSTON / TORONTO – LOS ANGELES / U.S. / PATENTS / 1,526,569 AND 1,859,604.” It was designed, in large part, by Herman Paul Sachse (1880-1933), a German immigrant who worked for the Central Scientific Company in Chicago.
Ref: Herman Paul Sachse, “Balance,” U.S. Patent 1,526,569 (Feb. 17, 1925).
Herman Paul Sachse, “Trip Scale,” U.S. Patent 1,859,604 (May 24, 1932), assigned to Central Scientific Company.
Central Scientific Company, Abridged Catalog of Scientific Instruments (Chicago, 1936), p. 22.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1930s
maker
Central Scientific Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
glass (pan material)
metal (overall material)
ID Number
MG.M-10921.003
accession number
259201
catalog number
M-10921.003
Credit Line
Gift of George Washington University, School of Pharmacy
subject
Weights & Measures
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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