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Japanese Steelyard

Japanese Steelyard

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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.
Currently not on view
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date made
around 1890
place made
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
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