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This is a hand balance in a rectangular wooden box. The beam is brass; the pans are ceramic, with the word “Gift” (German for poison) inscribed on each.
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Object Name
Hand Balance
Physical Description
ceramic, porcelain (pans(2) material)
cotton (string material)
metal, brass (beam material)
metal, brass (hanger material)
wood (case material)
overall: 7/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 3 1/4 in; 2.2225 cm x 13.0175 cm x 8.255 cm
overall: 11/16 in x 5 in x 3 1/4 in; 1.778 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of J.H.B. van Wensoer
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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