Steelyard

Steelyard

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Description
Asian steelyard with a graduated bone or ivory beam, circular pan, pieced disc for sliding weight, and fitted wooden case. The donor described it as "Scales used by Chinamen for weighing gold dust in the early days of placer mining in Idaho."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Steelyard
place made
China
place mining in
United States: Idaho
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Measurements
case: 1 in x 3 in x 13 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 34.29 cm
overall in case: 1 in x 3 in x 13 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 7.62 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
CH.310273
catalog number
310273
accession number
60953
Credit Line
Gift of Major General F.C. Ainsworth, U.S.A.
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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