Hand balance with a 5-inch iron beam with index, and 1.5-inch brass pans. According to the donors, it belonged to Samuel Fahnestock (1764-1836), a physician in Lancaster, Pa., and/or his son William Baker Fahnestock (1804-1886), a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who also practiced medicine in Lancaster.

Date Made: nineteenth century

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Weights & Measures


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Credit Line: Gift of Captain Henry Fahnestock MacComsey and Dr. G. Horace Coshow

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-12340Catalog Number: M-12340Accession Number: 280145

Object Name: Hand Balance

Physical Description: cotton (string material)metal (beam material)metal (hanger material)metal, brass (pans(2) material)Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 7 7/16 in; 19.685 cm x 15.875 cm x 18.89125 cm


Record Id: nmah_733519

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