Steelyard

Steelyard

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Description
Iron steelyard with a suspension hook, a double hook below, and one heavy weight. The beam is square, 16.75 inches long, and graduated from 18 to 72 in units. The donor suggested that it was made by his grandfather, Karl Fritz, in Bonn, Germany, around 1750. Moreiver, it "has served lots of uses in the family, weighing everything from freshly butchered cattle to new born babies."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Steelyard
Date made
ca. 1750
maker
Fritz, Karl
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Measurements
overall: 22 1/2 in x 11 in x 2 1/2 in; 57.15 cm x 27.94 cm x 6.35 cm
weight: 3 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 3.81 cm
overall: 23 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 59.69 cm x 15.875 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
CH.314853
catalog number
314853
accession number
211304
Credit Line
Gift of Kemp Fritz
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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