Balance

Balance

<< >>
Downloads
Description
Frederick A. and Henry Riehlé were Philadelphia businessmen who began trading as Riehlé Bros., in 1867, making and selling scales and materials testing machines. Tinius Olsen (1845-1932) was a Norwegian-born engineer who worked for the Riehlé Bros. in the 1870s, and who would later establish his own material testing machine business.
This model was probably made in 1871, the year that Frederick A. Riehlé and Tinius Olsen applied for a patent on an improved platform balance.
Ref: Frederick A. Riehlé and Tinius Olsen, “Improvement in Scales,” U.S. Patent. 155,753 (May 29, 1874), assignors to Riehlé Bros.
Frederick A. Riehlé, Fifty Years of a Businessman’s Life (Philadelphia, 1916).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Balance
Object Type
Patent Model
Scales
Date made
1874
date made
1871
patented by
Riehl
Olsen, Tinius
maker
Riehl
Olsen, Tinius
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 26.67 cm x 13.97 cm
overall: 4 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 10.795 cm x 26.67 cm x 13.97 cm
ID Number
CH.308951
accession number
89797
catalog number
308951
patent number
155,753
subject
Weights & Measures
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object