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This is a large and heavy metallurgical balance in a mahogany case with glass sides. The beam is 20.5 inches long. The graduated scale is marked “Paul Bunge Hamburg” and read by telescope. An ivory index at the base of the pillar is marked “No. 9 3897.”
Paul Bunge (1839-1888) began making precision balances in 1866, and soon introduced a balance with an unusually short beam but standard load capacity. Since the mass of the beam was small, so too was the time required for its oscillation.
Ref: German Educational Exhibition of Scientific Instruments (Berlin, 1904), pp. 18-20.
Hans R. Jenemann, The Chemist’s Balance (Frankfurt, 1997), pp. 49-50.
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Object Name
Balance, Metallurgical
Object Type
Date made
ca. 1847
date made
after 1866
after 1867
Bunge, Paul
place made
Germany: Hamburg, Hamburg
each pan: 66.6 cm x 27.5 cm x 18.4 cm; 26 1/4 in x 10 13/16 in x 7 1/4 in
eyepiece: 260 mm x 28 mm; 10 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in
case: 93.6 cm x 57.2 cm x 96.7 cm; 36 7/8 in x 22 1/2 in x 38 1/16 in
beam: 81.1 cm x 16.5 cm x 51.7 cm; 31 15/16 in x 6 1/2 in x 20 3/8 in
legs: 70.5 cm x 41.3 cm; 27 3/4 in x 16 1/4 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Amy Chassid
Weights & Measures
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National Museum of American History
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