Gold Standard Balance

1834
Benjamin Dearborn (American, 1754–1838), Henry Plympton (American, 1794–1862)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Dimensions

86.36 x 87.63 x 35.56 cm (34 x 34 1/2 x 14 in.)

Accession Number

1994.17

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, probably boxwood, brass, steel, copper

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Instruments

Markings

"B. DEARBORN GOLD STANDARD BALANCE BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 1834." incised on balance
"L" and "R" on pendants

Provenance

Thought to have been used in the Boston Customs House; 1994, purchased by the MFA from Ross Levett Antiques, Box 807, Tenant's Harbor, Maine (Accession date: February 23, 1994).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture