993.239.1: Prescription Scales, 1886-1895

Additional Images

993.239.1: Prescription Scales.
Image No. 1796 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Portable balance beam scale which disassembles and folds into a metal case. Decorative engraving: 'Dr C. H. FITCH'S PRESCRIPTION SCALE PATENTED SEPT 29TH 1885' on lid within fancy border. The object consists of a detachable graduated arm and movable weight with a capacity up to 20 grains of powder or liquid, which slides into the back of a weighing pan which clips into the base of the case. Original box container missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.239.1
Collection: Pharmacy-ware
Date: 1886-1895

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 7.3 cm
  • Height: 1.9 cm
  • Width: 3.7 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case base
  • b) Case lid
  • c) Graduated arm and movable weight
  • d) Weighing pan with iron catch

Object Materials

  • copper alloy,
  • iron,
  • plating

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: N.V. Randolph Company
  • Patent Country: U.S.Patent Number: 327152Patent Date: 1885-09-29
  • History of Use: Carried by physicians in the preparation of compounds.