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Computing Scale

Computing Scale

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Description
This large counter balance has a gold finish, and fan-shaped scale at top. The word “STIMPSON” appears in large painted letters near the bottom. The commodity plate is round, white and porcelain, and placed to one side.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Balance
Object Type
Scales
date made
1920s
around 1921
maker
Stimpson Computing Scale Company
place made
United States: Kentucky, Louisville
Measurements
overall: 75 cm x 87 cm x 41.2 cm; 29 1/2 in x 34 1/4 in x 16 1/4 in
overall: 27 1/2 in x 2505 in x 13 in; 69.85 cm x 6362.7 cm x 33.02 cm
ID Number
1983.0514.19
catalog number
1983.0514.19
accession number
1983.0514
Credit Line
Gift of City of New York
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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