Joseph Béranger (1802-1870) was a balance maker in Lyons, France, who, in 1847, introduced a balance mechanism that was similar to but more robust than the Roberval design. This example has an ebony box with marble top. The inscriptions on the front read “USINES DE LA MULATIERE A MAISON BERANGER” and “LYONS.” The two metal pans are marked with a crown above a star.

Béranger balances were displayed at the London Crystal Palace exhibition of 1851, and the New York Crystal Palace exhibition of 1853.

Ref: Joseph Béranger et Cie, Manufacture d’Instruments de Pésage (Paris, 1849).

Mr. Dilke, “Special Report,” p. 78, in Reports from the Commissioners to the New York. Industrial Exhibition (London, 1854).

Date Made: 1850-1900

Maker: Berenger, J.Berenger, J.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Lyon

Subject: Weights & Measures


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Credit Line: The Hendler Foundation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.M-07742Catalog Number: M-07742Accession Number: 223291

Object Name: balance

Measurements: overall: 6 9/16 in x 19 in x 7 13/16 in; 16.66875 cm x 48.26 cm x 19.84375 cmoverall: 6 1/2 in x 19 in x 7 13/16 in; 16.51 cm x 48.26 cm x 19.84375 cm


Record Id: nmah_376194

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