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Platform Scale

Platform Scale

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Description
The platform here is marked, in raised letters, “LIVINGSTON, COPELAND & CO. / NOVELTY WORKS” and “NO. 10.” The beam is marked “LIVINGSTON COPELAND & CO.” on one side, and “PITTSBURGH NOVELTY WORKS” on the other. Despite these inscriptions, the hardware for this scale, if not the entire device, was probably made by E. & T. Fairbanks in St. Johnsbury, Vt.
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
1856-1870
maker
Livingston Copeland and Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Measurements
each wheel: 15 cm; x 5 7/8 in
platform: 45 cm x 58.5 cm; x 17 11/16 in x 23 1/16 in
overall: 100 cm x 49.5 cm x 76 cm; 39 3/8 in x 19 1/2 in x 29 15/16 in
oak insert: 26.7 cm x 46.7 cm; 10 1/2 in x 18 3/8 in
overall: 39 in x 33 in x 18 in; 99.06 cm x 83.82 cm x 45.72 cm
ID Number
CH.336577
accession number
1978.0424
catalog number
336577
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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