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This small balance has a 9-inch iron beam—inscribed “T. BEACH” on one side, and “BEACH” on the other—and two brass pans 5 inches diameter. The whole is held in a rectangular oak box. Thomas Beach was a balance maker in Birmingham, England.
D. F. Crawforth-Hitchins, “Thomas Beach,” Equilibrium (1991-1992): 1499-1513, 1539-1548, 1572-1580.
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Object Name
Hand Balance
Object Type
date made
late eighteenth century
Beach, T.
box: 6 cm x 29 cm x 15.6 cm; 2 3/8 in x 11 7/16 in x 6 1/8 in
each pan: 22 mm x 127 mm; 7/8 in x 5 in
overall suspended: 37.2 cm x 35.6 cm x 12.7 cm; 14 5/8 in x 14 in x 5 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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