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#97071

A collector often falls in love with an object because of its sheer beauty, but then he gets sidelined by a labyrinth of historical detail determining how that object came to be. This wholly enclosed marble, brass, and wood bakery balance dates from about 1850 and is a French reverse-engineering of the beam balance marketed in Philadelphia beginning in the 1810s by a German immigrant named Henry Troemner. Troemner’s device was based on (some say stolen from) the work of a Parisian physical scientist named Gilles de Roberval, who in 1669 invented a strut-and-post balance based on articulated beams that made it possible to weigh things without needing to bother about centering them on a weighing plate—perfect for when time is at a premium and accuracy not so much, such as in a busy bakery. This gorgeous Roberval 10-kilogram scale goes one better than Troemner’s design by enclosing the reading window in glass, making it impervious to fouling by spilled flour.

Classification

Antique

AGE

140

MATERIAL

Wood -marble

PERIOD

Late 19th Century

Overall Dimensions

Width: 21 " / 53 cm
Height: 7 " / 18 cm
Depth: 9,5 " / 24 cm