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This brass balance in a chamois-lined mahogany box was designed for use with blowpipe analysis, The form came into use in the second half of the nineteenth century, and was often associated with Karl Friedrich Plattner (1800-1858), a German assayer who worked at the royal mines at Freiberg.
Ref: Karl Friedrich Plattner, The Use of the Blowpipe in the Qualitative and Quantitative Examination of Minerals, Ores, Furnace Products and Other Metallic Combinations (London, 1850).
Th. Richter, Plattner’s Manual of Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis (New York, 1873), pp. 26-35.
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Object Name
Balance and Weights
Object Type
date made
second half, nineteenth century
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
each pan: 33 mm; x 1 5/16 in
each cup: 9.5 mm x 24 mm; 3/8 in x 15/16 in
beam: 18.3 cm; 7 3/16 in
column: 9 in; 22.86 cm
clamp: 15.2 cm; 6 in
box: 29/32 in x 4 19/32 in x 6 3/32 in; 2.286 cm x 11.684 cm x 15.494 cm
overall in box: 1 1/2 in x 10 7/8 in x 5 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 27.6225 cm x 14.605 cm
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Weights & Measures
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National Museum of American History
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