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Glass hydrometer with shot ballast, and paper label reading “Per cents of Sugar at 60 Fahr. Balling Saccharimeter.” The scale extends from 0 to 10. There is also a stamp reading “U.S. Internal Revenue Standard Hydrometer, A7464, Series of 1909.” “U.S. / 1911” is etched onto the glass. Carl Joseph Napoleon Balling (1805-1868) was a Bohemian chemist who, in 1843, designed a saccharimeter that indicates the saccharine content of a sugar solution.
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overall: 11 1/4 in x 1 in; 28.575 cm x 2.54 cm
overall in box: 1 1/4 in x 12 1/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 3.175 cm x 30.7975 cm x 3.175 cm
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A 7464
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