Computing Scale

Computing Scale

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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.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
around 1921
Stimpson Computing Scale Company
place made
United States: Kentucky, Louisville
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
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
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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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