Micrometer Scale


Robust one pan balance with an iron and marble base, and a tag that reads “THE MICROMETER / PATENTED NOV. 22, 1892 / MAR. 22, 1898 / JUL. 21. 1903 / THE DODGE MFG. CO. / YONKERS, N.Y.” An early account explained that this balance had no springs or loose weights, but the weight end of the beam is transformed into a quick acting screw, and upon this screw the weight is moved with great accuracy. The Micrometer Balance Scale Co., a firm in Troy, N.Y. of which Charles Mattice was a founding director, introduced this form in 1897. The Dodge Mfg. Co., of Yonkers, was selling these devices by 1905.

Ref: “Micrometer Balance Scales,” The Iron Age 60 (Dec. 23, 1897): 44.

Charles H. Mattice, “Scale,” U.S. Patent 599,529 (Feb. 22, 1898), assigned to Micrometer Balance Scale Co.

Charles H. Mattice, “Balance,” U.S. Patent 600,979 (March 22, 1898), assigned to Micrometer Balance Scale Co.

Dennis J. Whelan, “Scale,” U.S. Patent 734,383 (July 21, 1903).

Date Made: ca. 1903

Maker: Dodge Scale CompanyDodge Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: Weights & Measures


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.325673Catalog Number: 325673Accession Number: 256203

Object Name: BalanceObject Type: Scales

Measurements: base: 9 1/2 in x 12 3/4 in; 24.13 cm x 32.385 cmpan: 9 1/4 in; x 23.495 cmoverall: 10 in x 15 in x 9 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 38.1 cm x 23.495 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-ea03-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_2487

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