A bismar (or desemer) is a simple balance with a weight at one end of the beam, a load hook at the other end, and a moveable fulcrum in between. This example is made of wood, with an iron hook at one end and brass marks along the shaft, and is allegedly eighteenth century Swedish.

Ref: Herrmann Sökeland “On Ancient Desemers or Steelyards,” Smithsonian Institution Annual Report (1900): 551-564.

Date Made: 18th century1700-1800

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Sweden

Subject: Weights & Measures


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.334142Catalog Number: 334142Accession Number: 308425

Object Name: Bismar

Measurements: overall: 28.3 cm x 6.1 cm; 11 1/8 in x 2 3/8 inoverall: 11 3/16 in x 2 3/16 in; 28.41625 cm x 5.55625 cm


Record Id: nmah_2696

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