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(1339) Весы Бенджамина Дирборна и Ховарда и Дэвиса (преемников) Бостон. США

Бенджамин Дирборн (1754–1838) был печатником и изобретателем механики в Портсмуте, штат Нью-Гэмпшир, и в Бостоне, штат Массачусетс, в конце 18 - начале 19 веков.
Среди его изобретений - весы золотого стандарта, пружинные весы, мельница, подсвечник, урна для голосования,
машина для рисования перспективы,  печатная машина, вибрирующие безменые весы и перпендикулярный подъемник.

Portrait of Dearborn, ca.1803

Весы "Золотого стандарта", Б. Дирборн, Бостон, 1890 г. На рычаге нанесено клеймо «Золотые стандартные весы Бостона» Б. Дирборна. Массачусетс.,
Поддерживаемые двумя точеными деревянными колоннами с шарнирным стопорным механизмом и медными тарелками, подвешенными на тонких  цепях,
размещены в шкафу
из красного дерева с застекленными задней, боковыми и передними дверцами.
Примечание: согласно истории весов, считается, что эти весы использовались Bank of America Loan & Trust.

Gold Standard Balance by B. Dearborn, Boston, c. 1890, the balance beam stamped B. Dearborn's Gold Standard Balance Boston. Massachusetts.,
supported on two turned wooden pillars with hinged arrest mechanism and copper pans suspended on fine link chains all housed in a mahogany cabinet with glazed back,
sides, and front doors, ht. 28, wd. 32 3/4, dp. 16 1/2 in.
Note: According to history with the balance, it is thought that this "Bullion Scale" was in use by Bank of America Loan & Trust

Эти весы  с гирями являются чрезвычайно редким и важным экспонатом в ранней истории Британской Колумбии, поскольку это весы, которые, по-видимому,
взвешивали каждую унцию золота, выпущенного в Баркервилле, Британская Колумбия.

Весы "Золотого стандарта" были изготовлены Ховардом и Дэвисом в Бостоне для Почты Гудзонова залива и находятся в музее Баркервилля.
Эти весы были доставлены туда с поста Гудзонова залива и имеют надпись на рычагах:
«Весы золотого стандарта, изготовленные Ховардом и Дэвисом, Бостон, Массачусетс. Преемники Б. Дирборна / Full Jeweled»
This set of Gold Standard Scales with weights is an extremely rare and important piece of early British Columbia history as it is the scale which apparently weighed every ounce of gold
that came out of Barkerville, BC. The set of Gold Standard scales was made by Howard and Davis, Boston for the Hudson’s Bay Post and came from the museum at Barkerville.
These scales were from the Hudson’s Bay Post there, written on the steel crossbar "Gold Standard Balance, Manufactured by Howard and Davis, Boston, Mass. Successors to B. Dearborn/Full Jeweled"

Весы золотого стандарта, Ховард и Дэвис, изготовлены в Бостоне, Массачусетс, США

Изготовлено E. Howard & Co. из Бостона, Массачусетс.

19th Century U.S. Gold Standard Balance.  A large brass and forged steel U.S. gold standard balance mounted on a marble base.
Used in banks to check the weight of circulated U.S. gold coins,
and reduce their acceptance value if worn. Manufactured by E. Howard & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts.
Edward Howard was an inventor and manufacturer of watches, fire engines, and balances.
He operated as E. Howard & Co. from 1858 to 1861. Approximately 24 x 9 x 20.5 inches.

Please note that these scales were housed in huge cabinets measuring over six feet tall so the new owner will need to make a plinth/box for the scale to sit on allowing the center
rod and brass balance arm to drop to the proper height. Something roughly 12 inches square should be more than enough.Offered for auction is an extremely hard to come by scale
manufactured by Howard and Davis of Boston as part of their contract to supply the towns of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with highly accurate instruments
for determining official weights and measures. A historian of weights and measures wrote to tell me that this is only one of two of these scales which he knows of in private hands.
This example was made for the town of Auburn . The brass beam is stamped “CM” for Commonwealth of Massachusetts .
Howard and Davis existed from 1842 to1858 placing it in this time period.The height as photographed is about 44 inches high but the beam will lower about five inches once
the scale is placed on a stand/plinth/box. The brass beam is about 31.5 inches long. The plinth base is about 7 3/8 square excluding the mounting tabs.
The pans are about 12 5/8 inches in diameter. The complete instrument weighs about 62 pounds unboxed and will probably ship in two separate packages.
Pickup in person is welcome. Condition. One of the four cast iron mounting tabs is broken. One of the pans is suspended with three brass knurled knobs
the other two – so presumable one is missing. As seen in the last photograph one of the small steel plates which cover the bearing surface from which the pans are suspended is missing.
It also appears that the bearing is now upside down. A pin appears to hold it in place and could be tapped out allowing the bearing to be reoriented to its proper position and finally
the very point of the finial has a slight bend. Overall this scale is in very fine barn fresh condition and could use a further cleaning. The paint appears original and has traces of gold detailing.
Most of the surviving examples of these are held by towns and state offices. Only two in private hands including this example are know to a historian who has studied these matters for over 25 years. A rare piece indeed and by a storied company eventually to become the famed E Howard company -- builders of clocks and other instruments.
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