Description (Brief):

This is an early eighteenth century hand-held coin balance in a wooden box. It has a 5-inch iron beam, and 1.6-inch brass pans. The interior lid of the box has a paper label which lists the weights of gold and silver coins of various European countries. The box has recesses for a nested weight set and some fraction weights. The weights are missing.

Coin balance with 5-inch iron beam, index, and 1.6-inch brass pans. The paper label reads "TABLE des Monnaies d'or et d'argent qui ont cours dans les differens Etats / de l'Europe, avec la designation de leur poids."

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Pharmacy


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Related Publication: Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

Credit Line: Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0664.0898Accession Number: 1991.0664Collector/Donor Number: SAP 986Catalog Number: 1991.0664.0898

Object Name: Balance

Physical Description: wood (overall material)brass (overall material)iron (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 in; 1.5875 cm x 17.145 cm x 5.08 cm


Record Id: nmah_994337

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