Antique E. H. Sargent & Co. Chicago Chemist Supplies

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 03, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Antique E.H. Sargent & Co. Chicago, Chemists Supplies, Scientific Balance Scale?, Side Engraved "Beckers' Sons Holland", NO RESERVE!

One of a number of interesting items from a local area estate. Check my other listings as I will be happy to combine shipping for multiple purchases.

Purchased at a recent estate auction I have no idea what this one is! It looks like it might be some type of scientific balance scale but I am hoping that an informed eBayer will share his knowledgeas to its exact use.

Condition is vintage, good. T is some spotting/staining to wood but all pieces appear to be intact. Drawer fits into box sleeve both directions so I am unsure as to proper facing. My photos show it placed as found. Both sides of the box sleeve are engraved Beckers' Sons Holland . In addition to brass stand on top t is a brass fitting on one side and a small brass cylinder on bottom with hole through center section.

Christopher Becker was born at Filsum, near Hannover, Germany in 1803. He attended school in Filsum and became an apprentice to Mr. Humboldt in Hannover. T he acquired the early training that resulted in his becoming an outstanding manufacturer of balances, scales and scientific instruments. Around 1828, he moved to Groningen, The Netherlands w he made many accurate instruments. He later moved to Arnhem, The Netherlands w he established an instrument factory in 1836 and became well-known for balances, electrical instruments and barometers. In 1854 or 1855 Becker and four sons emigrated to America.

Sometime in 1855, "the precision capabilities demonstrated by Christopher attracted the attention of Prof. J. Renwick of Columbia College, who asked him to manufacture an analytical balance. An instrument was built that carried a distinct advantage in precision construction. The success of this project resulted in Christopher's devoting his entire business time to the manufacture of analytical balances and weights. Together with Christian and Ernst he formed Becker & Sons.

E.H. Sargent has been supplying quality laboratory supply equipment for over 150 years. The laboratory supply industry traces its beginning to the time of the Gold Rush in 1849. Ezekiel H. Sargent, a young pharmacist from Boston, moved to Chicago to become a partner in a drugstore, selling assaying and prospecting equipment to prospectors passing through on their way West. In 1852, he bought out his partners' interest and renamed his store E.H. Sargent & Company. In 1968 Welch Scientific Company merged with Sargent under the new name Sargent-Welch.

Contents of box appear to be both original and not. The heavy glass beaker fits perfectly and was probably original as is the balance arm. T is a cardboard box (probably not original) that contains what appear to be be bell shaped weights--they may be original. Lots of other odds and ends that I can't identify but I have tried to photograph the items in hope that you can!

Interesting piece of scientific history! Add it to YOUR collection with NO RESERVE!

This item is being shipped via UPS Ground and shipping charge will include both insurance and tracking. Please provide a street address as UPS cannot deliver to Post Office Boxes. Thanks!

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