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Balance Scale and Balance Weights

Death Valley National Park, National Park Service

Death Valley National Park, National Park Service

Gold and silver booms in the Death Valley region were infrequent and of short duration. Yet, when valuable ore was found, it had to be weighed accurately. Scales such as these often were used to weigh small amounts of ore, which was often used for currency in the West.

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  • Title: Balance Scale and Balance Weights
  • Contributor: Scotty's Castle - Death Valley National Park, National Park Service
  • Original Source: http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/death_valley/exb/mining_ranching/DEVA51394_51395_scale.html
  • Source: Death Valley National Park
  • Place Created: Scale: Germany
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: Scale: DEVA 51394; Weights: DEVA 51395
  • Medium: Both: Metal
  • Measurements: Scale: Balance center 8.3 cm, Base L 15.3, W 10.2 cm, H 1 cm; Weighing Dish Dia 8, D .7 cm; Weights: Can Dia 5.5 cm(Base), H 4 cm (with lid on)
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