Nested Weights

Nested Weights

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Set of nine nested brass weights, weighing from 10 to 500 grams, that belonged to Joel Reed (b. 1827), owner of several gold mines in North Carolina.
The “DTWS / I. EDWARDS / New York” inscription on the largest weight is that of John Edwards, an immigrant from Liverpool who was in New York City by 1801 and calling attention to his “warranted Scale Beam Manufactory.” Edwards’ several patents included one for steelyards in 1806, one for scale beams and balances in 1806, and one for an improvement in the manufacture of scale beams in 1816. He was dead by 1833.
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Object Name
Object Type
Edwards, John
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
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overall: largest weight: 2 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 5.3975 cm x 6.35 cm
overall: smallest weight: 7/16 in x 13/16 in; 1.11125 cm x 2.06375 cm
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Credit Line
Mrs. John Franklin Reed
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National Museum of American History
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