Platform Scale

Platform Scale

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Description
The platform here is marked, in raised letters, “NOVELTY WORKS LIVINGSTON ROGGEN & CO. NO. 10.” The beam is marked “LIVINGSTON ROGGEN & CO.” on one side, and “FAIRBANKS PATENT” on the other.
The Pittsburgh Novelty Works was established in 1833 and specialized in “Domestic Hardware.” Laureston R. Livingston and John J. Roggen took charge of the firm in 1846. Livingston and William B. Copeland were proprietors by 1856. The shop burned in 1870 and was not rebuilt.
Ref: Pittsburgh Novelty Works, Catalogue and Price List (Pittsburgh, [186?], pp. 18-29.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Platform Scale
Object Type
Scales
date made
mid-nineteenth century
maker
Livingston Roggen and Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Measurements
each wheel: 10 cm; x 3 15/16 in
platform: 45 cm x 58.5 cm; x 17 11/16 in x 23 1/16 in
overall: 92.5 cm x 49.5 cm x 73.5 cm; 36 7/16 in x 19 1/2 in x 28 15/16 in
oak insert: 26 cm x 46.3 cm; 10 1/4 in x 18 1/4 in
overall: 36 in x 33 in x 19 in; 91.44 cm x 83.82 cm x 48.26 cm
ID Number
CH.336576
accession number
1978.0424
catalog number
336576
Credit Line
Gift of Detecto Scales, Inc.
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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