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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.
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late nineteenth century
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
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J. Stanley Falck
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