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The Smithsonian acquired this “New Triumph Plate Glass Box Prescription Scale” in 1919. The inscription on the ivory scale reads “HENRY TROEMNER / PHILADELPHIA.” That on the brass tag on the base reads: “HENRY TROEMNER / MAKER / PHILADELPHIA, PA. / CAP. 1/2 OZ, NO. CLASS ‘A’.” Troemner boasted that this instrument was “Built like the Wise Man’s House—upon a Rock. No springs to snap. Strongly built, yet sensitive—all Bearings of Selected Russian Agates.”
Ref: Henry Troemner ad in The Spatula 20 (1913): 616.
Henry Troemner, Catalogue (Philadelphia, 1916), p. 20.
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Object Name
date made
Henry Troemner
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 8 5/8 in x 12 7/8 in x 6 1/4 in; 21.9075 cm x 32.7025 cm x 15.875 cm
overall: balance: 8 3/4 in x 12 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 22.225 cm x 32.385 cm x 17.145 cm
overall: parts in museum housing: 1 1/2 in x 7 1/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 18.0975 cm x 8.89 cm
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Gift of Henry Troemner
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