- This is a robust one pan balance with an iron and marble base, and a tag that reads “THE MICROMETER / PATENTED NOV. 22, 1892 / MAR. 22, 1898 / JUL. 21. 1903 / THE DODGE MFG. CO. / YONKERS, N.Y.” An early account explained that this balance had no springs or loose weights, but the weight end of the beam is transformed into a quick acting screw, and upon this screw the weight is moved with great accuracy. The Micrometer Balance Scale Co., a firm in Troy, N.Y. of which Mattice was a founding director, introduced this form in 1897. The Dodge Mfg. Co., of Yonkers, was selling these devices by 1905.
- Ref: “Micrometer Balance Scales,” The Iron Age 60 (Dec. 23, 1897): 44.
- Charles H. Mattice, “Scale,” U.S. Patent 599,529 (Feb. 22, 1898), assigned to Micrometer Balance Scale Co.
- Charles H. Mattice, “Balance,” U.S. Patent 600,979 (March 22, 1898), assigned to Micrometer Balance Scale Co.
- Dennis J. Whelan, “Scale,” U.S. Patent 734,383 (July 21, 1903).
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- Object Type
- Date made
- ca. 1903
- Dodge Scale Company
- Dodge Manufacturing Company
- place made
- United States
- base: 9 1/2 in x 12 3/4 in; 24.13 cm x 32.385 cm
- pan: 9 1/4 in; x 23.495 cm
- overall: 10 in x 15 in x 9 1/4 in; 25.4 cm x 38.1 cm x 23.495 cm
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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