Balance

Balance

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Description
A Decimalwage is a platform scale with a weight ratio of 1:10. This example is marked “Decimalwage” and “25 kg” and carries a small tag that reads “FROM / ARTHUR H. THOMAS CO. / PHILADELPHIA, U.S.A. / MADE IN GERMANY.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Balance
Object Type
balance
date made
around 1900
dealer
Arthur H. Thomas Company
place made
Germany
Physical Description
metal (pan, weight, counterpoise material)
metal (weights(5) material)
metal (overall material)
ID Number
MG.M-10919
catalog number
M-10919
accession number
259201
Credit Line
Gift of George Washington University, School of Pharmacy
subject
Weights & Measures
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I just came across one of these scales (no weights). Just wondering what exactly it would have been used for and if it is known how many were produced. I will say it took me several hours of research to end up here, thanks for sharing!

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