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Description (Brief)
This is an early eighteenth century hand-held coin balance in a wooden box. It has a 5-inch iron beam, and 1.6-inch brass pans. The interior lid of the box has a paper label which lists the weights of gold and silver coins of various European countries. The box has recesses for a nested weight set and some fraction weights. The weights are missing.
Description
This is a small balance with 5-inch iron beam, index, and 1.6-inch brass pans. The paper label reads "TABLE des Monnaies d'or et d'argent qui ont cours dans les differens Etats / de l'Europe, avec la designation de leur poids."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Balance
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
iron (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 2 in; 1.5875 cm x 17.145 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0898
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 986
catalog number
1991.0664.0898
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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