- 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.
- Currently not on view
- 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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- catalog number
- accession number
- Weights & Measures
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- Medicine and Science: Chemistry
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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