Portia' baby balance

Made:
1920-1950 in England

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One "Portia" baby spring balance, 16lb., made in England, 1920-1950

Used in hospitals to record the weight of babies, this balance can measure up to 16 lbs (7.2 kg). When the child was placed in the pan, the spring stretched and the measurement was read. Babies are usually weighed regularly after they are born so that their growth can be monitored.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1982-561/17 Pt1
Materials:
chrome plated brass and steel
type:
spring balance
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • scales - weighing device
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • scales - weighing device