200@200 : October — To Govern and Serve
Date:
1840s
Title:
Weights and Measures: Tester Scale
Description:
As Fort Wayne and Allen County grew in the northeastern corner of Indiana, business and industry also began to grow. It became increasingly important to establish a community with shared standards of commerce so that all business transactions were equitable and fair. To this end, the Office of Sealer of Weights and Measures was created in 1844; the first office holder was D. W. Burroughs.

The large scale featured here was a test scale from the 1840s. Throughout the 1840s, it was used in the Allen County Courthouse to set the standard to which all other weights were tested.
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Tester Scale, 1840sTester Scale, 1840s
Tester Scale detail, 1840sTester Scale detail, 1840s