Steelyard

Steelyard

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Description
Iron steelyard with two hooks and one heavy weight. The beam is square, 13 inches long, graduated on all four sides, and marked with curious letters and symbols. It may date from Roman times.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
steelyard and weight
Object Type
Weights
place made
Egypt
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Measurements
coptic weight 1: 5/16 in x 1 1/8 in x 1 1/8 in;.79375 cm x 2.8575 cm x 2.8575 cm
coptic weight 2:.25 cm x.875 cm x.875 cm; 1/8 in x 3/8 in x 3/8 in
steelyard: 18 in x 5/8 in; 45.72 cm x 1.5875 cm
overall; steelyard: 18 in x 4 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 45.72 cm x 10.795 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
CH.319466
catalog number
319466
accession number
238495
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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