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  Voland Outfit A 001 Assay Balance.jpg - VOLAND & SONS PORTABLE OUTFIT A ASSAY BALANCE - Voland & Sons Portable Outfit A complete with slant front assay balance and folding pulp balance and locking French polished mahogany carrying case 13 in W x 9 1/2 in D x 10 in H; very lightweight construction; assay balance is non-column type with fallaway movement and 5 in rolled aluminum alloy beam with Russian agate bearings and knife-edges; sensibility .01 mg; hangers and jeweled stirrups are German silver; case is mahogany; equipped with locking device for beam; assay balance dimensions 11 1/2 in W x 4 1/4 in D x 7 3/4 in H; pulp balance has folding sides of French polished mahogany with 5 in long beam, 2 1/2 in pans,150 gm capacity and 1 mg sensitivity; pulp balance dimensions 9 3/8 in W x 2 1/2 in D x 6 3/4 in H; assay balance with complete set of 15 fractional weights from 1 gm to 1 mg; pulp balance with complete set of 5 assay ton weights from 1 A.T. to 1/20 A.T.; includes wire riders, tweezers, oxidized black pans and jeweler’s loop; both balances marked with number 29924; assay balance marked with small metal tag VOLAND & SONS (INC) NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.; Portable Outfit A was advertised in a ca. 1913 Voland & Sons Catalogue and this set has an identical assay balance but a later folding side pulp balance; approx. manufacturing date ca. 1920s; complete excellent condition, ex-Fred Westlund collection  (Peter Gottfried Voland was born in Cassel, Germany in 1852. At the age of 19 he immigrated to the U.S. arriving in Baltimore, MD on June 26, 1871. Shortly thereafter he married Caroline Henze and was employed by Becker & Sons Balance Company in New Rochelle, NY, where he learned the trade of balance making.  In 1888 he formed a partnership with Henry Van Zelm, who also worked for Becker & Sons, and established Voland and Van Zelm at New Rochelle in a small building on Huguenot and Division Streets. In 1910 the factory was moved to a newly built three-story, block-deep factory at 32 Relyea Place in New Rochelle.  Although Voland and Van Zelm began their balance making in 1888, most of their company's assay balances were made for other companies and few appeared under their own names in catalogues of scientific instrument suppliers at the time.  Voland and his wife had two sons, George Gottfried and Emil, and one daughter Gertrude. After Van Zelm's death in 1903, Voland took his two sons into the business and the firm became Voland & Sons. In addition to marketing assay balances under its own name, Voland & Sons provided many assay balances for the leading scientific instrument supply companies. Peter Gottfried Voland died on November 27, 1915. Successful operation of the company continued and in 1927 necessitated an enlargement of the facility. Although George Gottfried died in 1928 and Emil in 1938, Voland & Sons continued to operate under the leadership of Helen Wright, daughter of Amelia E. Voland and the late George Gottfried Voland, Sr.  Sometime in the mid 1940s, the firm was purchased by James C. Jacobson, who became president, and Charles A. Jacobson, the new secretary-treasurer and the firm was renamed the Voland Company. In 1969 the firm was acquired by Emtech Research Products Corporation of New Rochelle and the firm continued under the Voland name until January of 1989. At that time it became part of AN Systems, Inc. in Massachusetts. AN systems, Inc. was a principal supplier of ultrahigh precision mass-measurement equipment to leading industries, universities and government agencies such as NASA and the National Bureau of Standards.  See Shannon, The Assay Balance, pp 89-100)  
Voland Outfit A 002 Assay Balance Open
Voland Outfit A 003 Assay Balance Fractional Weights
Voland Outfit A 004 Assay Balance Closed
Voland Outfit A 005 Pulp Balance Open
Voland Outfit A 006 Pulp Balance One Side Closed

Voland Outfit A 001 Assay Balance | VOLAND & SONS PORTABLE OUTFIT A ASSAY BALANCE - Voland & Sons Portable Outfit A complete with slant front assay balance and folding pulp balance and locking French polished mahogany carrying case 13 in W x 9 1/2 in D x 10 in H; very lightweight construction; assay balance is non-column type with fallaway movement and 5 in rolled aluminum alloy beam with Russian agate bearings and knife-edges; sensibility .01 mg; hangers and jeweled stirrups are German silver; case is mahogany; equipped with locking device for beam; assay balance dimensions 11 1/2 in W x 4 1/4 in D x 7 3/4 in H; pulp balance has folding sides of French polished mahogany with 5 in long beam, 2 1/2 in pans,150 gm capacity and 1 mg sensitivity; pulp balance dimensions 9 3/8 in W x 2 1/2 in D x 6 3/4 in H; assay balance with complete set of 15 fractional weights from 1 gm to 1 mg; pulp balance with complete set of 5 assay ton weights from 1 A.T. to 1/20 A.T.; includes wire riders, tweezers, oxidized black pans and jeweler’s loop; both balances marked with number 29924; assay balance marked with small metal tag VOLAND & SONS (INC) NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.; Portable Outfit A was advertised in a ca. 1913 Voland & Sons Catalogue and this set has an identical assay balance but a later folding side pulp balance; approx. manufacturing date ca. 1920s; complete excellent condition, ex-Fred Westlund collection (Peter Gottfried Voland was born in Cassel, Germany in 1852. At the age of 19 he immigrated to the U.S. arriving in Baltimore, MD on June 26, 1871. Shortly thereafter he married Caroline Henze and was employed by Becker & Sons Balance Company in New Rochelle, NY, where he learned the trade of balance making. In 1888 he formed a partnership with Henry Van Zelm, who also worked for Becker & Sons, and established Voland and Van Zelm at New Rochelle in a small building on Huguenot and Division Streets. In 1910 the factory was moved to a newly built three-story, block-deep factory at 32 Relyea Place in New Rochelle. Although Voland and Van Zelm began their balance making in 1888, most of their company's assay balances were made for other companies and few appeared under their own names in catalogues of scientific instrument suppliers at the time. Voland and his wife had two sons, George Gottfried and Emil, and one daughter Gertrude. After Van Zelm's death in 1903, Voland took his two sons into the business and the firm became Voland & Sons. In addition to marketing assay balances under its own name, Voland & Sons provided many assay balances for the leading scientific instrument supply companies. Peter Gottfried Voland died on November 27, 1915. Successful operation of the company continued and in 1927 necessitated an enlargement of the facility. Although George Gottfried died in 1928 and Emil in 1938, Voland & Sons continued to operate under the leadership of Helen Wright, daughter of Amelia E. Voland and the late George Gottfried Voland, Sr. Sometime in the mid 1940s, the firm was purchased by James C. Jacobson, who became president, and Charles A. Jacobson, the new secretary-treasurer and the firm was renamed the Voland Company. In 1969 the firm was acquired by Emtech Research Products Corporation of New Rochelle and the firm continued under the Voland name until January of 1989. At that time it became part of AN Systems, Inc. in Massachusetts. AN systems, Inc. was a principal supplier of ultrahigh precision mass-measurement equipment to leading industries, universities and government agencies such as NASA and the National Bureau of Standards. See Shannon, The Assay Balance, pp 89-100) Download Original Image
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