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Balance

Balance

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Description
This is a hand balance with 4.5-inch iron beam, iron index, shallow copper pans 1.5 inches diameter, and 12 square brass weights in such units as Carlin, Ducat, Maxd, Pistol and Sever. The whole fits in a rectangular wooden case; a paper inside the lid is marked: “Rechtabgezogen Waag und Gewicht... von Sr. KONIGL MAJEST. In PREUSSEN allergnäc privilegivt- und examinivter auch geschworner Icht Macher ABRAHAM KRUSE, zu Schwelm in der Grassschft Marck. Anno 1788.”
While in the Netherlands in 1960, Bruno Kisch purchased this for the new National Museum of History and Technology.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Balance with Weights
Object Type
Weights
Balances
Date made
ca. 1788
maker
Kruse, Abraham
place made
Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia, Schwelm
Measurements
brass pan: 1 1/4 in; x 3.175 cm
case: 1 in x 2 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in; 2.54 cm x 6.35 cm x 13.0175 cm
overall in case: 1 3/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 3.01625 cm x 13.0175 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
CH.318236
catalog number
318236
accession number
235397
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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