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Steelyard Balance

Steelyard Balance

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Unequal-arm beam balance with two suspension clevises fitted with swivel hooks mounted near its wide end, the upper for hanging the balance and the lower for holding the load. Longer, narrow arm has small hole at end and is graduated with two scales, one side stamped 2, 5, 10 and every increment of five thereafter subdivided to fourths and the other side stamped 10, 20 and every increment of 20 thereafter subdivided to tenths. Both sides of short arm struck incuse "I.EDWARDS / MAKER / NEW.YORK", all in roman letters. Missing counterweight or -poise.
Maker is John Edwards of New York, NY.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1840
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
overall: 2 in x 27 in x 3 3/4 in; 5.08 cm x 68.58 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of John Paul Remensnyder
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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