Balance

Balance

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Description
This small and heavily restored balance belonged to Joel Reed (1827-1900), owner of several gold mines in North Carolina, and it was probably used for weighing gold.
The balance stands on a wooden box with drawer. The pans are deep, made of copper, and 4.75 inches diameter. The 12-inch steel beam is marked “J. WHITTY N. YORK” on front and back. The brass lifting lever is marked "PATENT."
James Whitty was a New York City tinsmith who, at the time of his death in 1834, was described as a “Scalebeam Maker.” James Martine, a hardware dealer in Fayetteville, N.C., advertised “Whitty’s Patent Balances” in 1835.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Balance
Object Type
Balances
date made
around 1830
nineteenth century
original owner
Reed, Joel
inheritor
Reed, John Franklin
maker
Whitty, James
place made
United States: New York, New York
Measurements
carrier: 5 1/2 in; 13.97 cm
box: 9 1/4 in x 16 3/4 in; 23.495 cm x 42.5704 cm
each weighing pan: 4 3/4 in; x 12.065 cm
arms: 13 1/2 in; 34.29 cm
ID Number
CH.321598
catalog number
321598
accession number
185076
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Franklin Reed
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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