Description (Brief)
This is an early eighteenth century hand-held coin balance in a wooden box. It has a 5-inch iron beam, and 1.6-inch brass pans. The interior lid of the box has a paper label which lists the weights of gold and silver coins of various European countries. The box has recesses for a nested weight set and some fraction weights. The weights are missing.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
iron (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 5/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 in; 1.5875 cm x 17.145 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
SAP 986
catalog number
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection
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