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The Army Prescription Balance was a simple and inexpensive brass instrument that fit into and stood on a wooden box. In this example, the beam is 8 inches long, and marked “7”. The brass label on the box reads “HENRY TROEMNER / MAKER / PHILADELPHIA, PA. / CAP. ½ OZ. NO. 9 / MADE IN THE U.S.A.”
Ref: Henry Troemner, Price List of Fine Scales and Weights (Philadelphia, 1889), p. 20.
Joseph Price Remington, The Practice of Pharmacy (Philadelphia, 1891), pp. 50-51, fig. 6.
Henry Heil, Illustrated Catalogue and Price-list of Chemical Apparatus (St. Louis, 1903), item 2660, p. 113.
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Object Name
Balance, Portable Box
date made
early twentieth century
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
metal, brass (beam material)
metal, brass (hangers, pan(2) material)
metal, brass (pans(2) material)
metal, brass (column material)
wood (box material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 11 in x 4 7/16 in; 6.985 cm x 27.94 cm x 11.27125 cm
ID Number
MG.M-03087 [dup1]
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Henry Troemner
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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