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A Mohr’s balance is named for Karl Friedrich Mohr (1806-1879), a German chemist responsible for several key improvements to chemical methodology. The beam of this example is 17.5 inches long, and marked “10 Kg” on one side. The pans are 11 inches diameter. The height is 27 inches. The small scale is ivory. The indicator points down.
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Object Name
Mohr's Balance
Object Type
date made
around 1900
nineteenth century
each pan: 1 cm x 28.3 cm; 3/8 in x 11 1/8 in
top piece: 16.2 cm x 4.2 cm; 6 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in
overall: 68.6 cm x 72.5 cm; 27 in x 28 9/16 in
scale: 9.5 mm x 35 mm; 3/8 in x 1 3/8 in
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National Museum of American History
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