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Hand balance with two brass pans, chains, and a 5.5 inch beam. There are three large weights (1/2 OUNCE, 1 OUNCE; AND 2 OUNCE); six disc weights (1/2 DWT, 1 DWT; two 2 DWT, 5 DTW, and 10 DTW); two fractional weights; and a gold nugget. The metal case, green with gold lettering, is marked “MINERS’ IMPROVED GOLD SCALE / Manufactured expressly for California” and decorated with an eagle.
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Object Name
Gold Scale and Weights
Object Type
Date made
ca. 1849
date made
around 1850
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 32 mm x 146 mm x 80 mm; 1 1/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in
each pan: 12.5 mm x 68 mm; 1/2 in x 2 11/16 in
balance beam: 14 cm; 5 1/2 in
overall in case: 1 3/16 in x 5 5/8 in x 3 in; 3.01625 cm x 14.2875 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Weights & Measures
California Gold Rush
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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