TROEMNER APOTHECARY BALANCE SCALE WITH SET OF WEIGHTS

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Item Code: 236-126

Civil War era Analytical Scale made by Henry Troemner of Philadelphia PA.  This rare instrument is in perfect working order, and is marked, “HENRY TROEMNER / NO 12/ PHILADELPHIA” of the face of the hinged lid. Case is constructed of wood, glass and marble. Scale is of plated and unplated brass. Piece measures approximately 13” x 6” x 7” high. Scale operates on a marble base under a hinged lid with glass top. Wood base has brass certification tag (“Serial No. W-2, N.Y.C. Appd. Type No. 17.”) on face with knob below that locks down the scale when not in use.

This scale comes with seven H. Troemner brass apothecary weights. 1 - Two Scruples, 1 - Half Drachm, 2 - One Drachm, and 3 - Two Drachms.

Condition is used, but operational. One hinge is broken.

Henry Troemner (1809–1873) was a German-American entrepreneur. He started the Henry Troemner Company, known today as Troemner Inc. The company produced balances and scales.

Troemner immigrated to the United States in 1832 and settled initially in New York City, then, by 1843, Philadelphia. He began making scales and weights in a partnership in 1840, and then established his own company in 1844. He was commissioned by the United States Mint in Philadelphia to make their balances, which he did so well that he was invited to make the bullion balances for the Department of Treasury. He later made scales for the Mexican Mint, Assay Office in New York, and the San Francisco Mint.

Troemner was probably was the first American manufacturer to follow the French mathematician Gilles Personne de Roberval's balance design. This is distinguished by the load being superimposed on the beam, rather than suspended from the beam, and allowed faster weighing.  [jet] [ph:L]

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