Micrometer Scale

Micrometer Scale

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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).
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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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