This is a large counter balance with a gold finish, fan-shaped scale at top, and cylindrical price roller that reads to 100 lbs. The word “STIMPSON” appears in raised letters below the roller, and in large painted letters near the bottom. The commodity plate is oval, white and porcelain.
Walter Franklin Stimpson (1870-1942) obtained a U.S. patent (#543,323) for a computing scale on July 23, 1895. This example was probably made by the Stimpson Computing Scale Co., in Louisville, Ky., in the 1920s.
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Object Name
computing scale, fan chart
Object Type
date made
early twentieth century
Stimpson Computing Scale Company
place made
United States: Kentucky, Louisville
United States: Indiana, Elkhart
overall: 80.6 cm x 49.5 cm x 51.5 cm; 31 3/4 in x 19 1/2 in x 20 1/4 in
overall: 31 3/4 in x 19 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in; 80.645 cm x 49.53 cm x 52.07 cm
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accession number
Credit Line
Gift of City of New York
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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