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Balance

Balance

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Balance, Portable Box
Balance
date made
early twentieth century
maker
Troemner
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)
Measurements
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
M-03087
accession number
116033
Credit Line
Henry Troemner
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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