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Japanese Steelyard

Japanese Steelyard

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Description
This steelyard has a 39-inch wooden beam with inlaid silver dots for graduations, iron hook and fittings, and cloth suspension straps. The Smithsonian bought it in 1894 from K. Noro, Superintendent of the Osaka Exhibition Association.
Ref: H. Ling Roth, “Oriental Steelyards and Bismars,” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 42 (1912): 200-233.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
steelyard
date made
around 1890
place made
Japan
Measurements
overall: 42 in x 11 1/2 in x 1.25 m; 106.68 cm x 29.21 cm x 4 1/8 ft
arm: 29 mm; x 1 1/8 in
overall: 42 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 106.68 cm x 6.35 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
CH.202857
accession number
27834
catalog number
202857
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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