- A bismar (or desemer) is a simple balance with a weight at one end of the beam, a load hook at the other end, and a moveable fulcrum in between. This example is made of wood, with an iron hook at one end and brass marks along the shaft, and is allegedly eighteenth century Swedish.
- Ref: Herrmann Sökeland “On Ancient Desemers or Steelyards,” Smithsonian Institution Annual Report (1900): 551-564.
- Currently not on view
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- Date made
- 18th century
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- overall: 28.3 cm x 6.1 cm; 11 1/8 in x 2 3/8 in
- overall: 11 3/16 in x 2 3/16 in; 28.41625 cm x 5.55625 cm
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- Medicine and Science: Chemistry
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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