Pick Counter

Pick Counter

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Description
This brass pick counter is marked “CHAS. LOWINSON / SOLE AGENT N.Y” and “PAT. OCT. 20 – 08” and “PAT. SEPT. 20 – 10” and (on back) “CHRONIK BROS / MFRS. N.Y.” According to advertisements, the form was used by appraisers at the Port of New York, and the Quartermaster Dept. in Philadelphia.
August Chronik (1862-1942) and his brother Louis (1864-) were born in Hungary, came to the United States in the early 1880s, and invented or improved several mechanical devices. Lowinson was a businessman.
Ref: August Chronik and Louis Chronik, “Thread Counting Apparatus,” U.S. Patent 901,879 (Oct. 20, 1908).
August Chronik and Louis Chronik, “Thread Counting Apparatus,” U.S. Patent 970,795 (Sept. 20, 1909).
Ad for “Lowinson’s Triplex Thread Counting Micrometer” in Textile World Record 38 (Nov. 1909): 181.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pick counter
Date made
Early 20th century
manufacturer
Chronik Bros.
manufacturer
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall (pick counter): 2 5/16 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in; 5.87375 cm x 8.5725 cm x 6.50875 cm
ID Number
2017.0234.01
patent number
901,879
catalog number
2017.0234.01
accession number
2017.0234
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National Museum of American History
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