Pick Counter


This brass pick counter is marked “CHAS. LOWINSON / SOLE AGENT N.Y” and “PAT. OCT. 20 – 08” and “PAT. SEPT. 20 – 10” and (on back) “CHRONIK BROS / MFRS. N.Y.” According to advertisements, the form was used by appraisers at the Port of New York, and the Quartermaster Dept. in Philadelphia.

August Chronik (1862-1942) and his brother Louis (1864-) were born in Hungary, came to the United States in the early 1880s, and invented or improved several mechanical devices. Charles Lowinson was a businessman.

Ref: August Chronik and Louis Chronik, “Thread Counting Apparatus,” U.S. Patent 901,879 (Oct. 20, 1908).

August Chronik and Louis Chronik, “Thread Counting Apparatus,” U.S. Patent 970,795 (Sept. 20, 1909).

Ad for “Lowinson’s Triplex Thread Counting Micrometer” in Textile World Record 38 (Nov. 1909): 181.

Date Made: Early 20th century

Manufacturer: Chronik Bros.

Location: Currently not on view

Manufacturer: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: Hungarian Americans

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.0234.01Patent Number: 901,879Catalog Number: 2017.0234.01Accession Number: 2017.0234

Object Name: pick counter

Physical Description: brass (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall (pick counter): 2 5/16 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in; 5.87375 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.50875 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-6800-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1847587

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