Balance

Balance

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Description
Rugged balance on a black iron base marked “WHITALL TATUM.” The firm termed this “No. 1 Robervahl (sic) Scales,” the reference being to Gilles Personne de Roberval, a French mathematician who introduced the basic form to the Academy of Sciences in Paris in 1669.
Emerging from one of the first glass factories in the United States, Whitall Tatum & Co. began in business in 1857. It became Whitall Tatum Company in 1901. It may have sold this balance, but probably did not make it.
Ref: Whitall Tatum Company, Price List (Philadelphia, 1910), p. 161.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
balance
date made
late nineteenth century
Measurements
overall: 6 5/8 in x 12 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in; 16.8275 cm x 31.75 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
CH.M-09476
catalog number
M-09476
accession number
232068
Credit Line
J. Stanley Falck
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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