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Antique Scales

Updated on February 12, 2013

Collecting Antique Scales

Collecting antique scales can be a fun and fascinating hobby. Once considered utilitarian, they are now seen as beautiful reminder of industrialization. I won't lie to you. I am very bias when it comes to scales. I have 2 Dayton scales that I absolutely love. Bias I say, because I am a Buckeye. Maybe that explains it. Have fun looking!

Antique Scale Restoration

I wanted to start this page by giving you a link for antique scale restoration. If you've embarked on this journey, I am certain you now know finding parts is no easy task. The Vintage Cash Register and Scale Company.

The Beginning of Dayton Scales

The Dayton Scale Company, originally known as the Computing Scale Company, was formed in 1891 by two business men named Edward Canby and Orange O. Ozias. Together the men purchased patents for a newly invented device called a computing scale. Upon incorporating the company, they began commercial production of computing scales.

In 1933 Dayton Scales became a division of IBM and was eventually sold again to Hobart Manufacturing Company.

The Beginning of the Toledo Scale Company

Upon purchasing a patent for a new scale, Henry Theobald began setting up a new manufacturing facility to oversee the production of his new machine. Originally named Toledo Computing Scale and Cash Register, it would change its name the following year name to Toledo Computing Scale Company. In 1912, the company changed its name one last time to become the Toledo Scale Company.

The Story of Toledo Scales

A Brief History of the Detecto Scale Company

Detecto Scale Company was established in NewYork City in 1900. The company was the effort of three brothers. The company manufactured butchers' scales, counter scales, clinical scales, hanging scales and dough scales. In 1981 Detecto scale was acquired by Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company.

A Bit about Salter's Scales

Salter Housewares is the manufacturer of the collectible Salter Scale. Salter Housewares began in Bilston, England in 1760. It was started by a spring maker named Richard Salter.

In 1825, Richard's nephew George took over the company. At this point it became known as George Salter & Co. George Salter & Co. would go on to manufacturer the UK's first bathroom scale. Their product line grew to include irons, potato chippers and the first UK typewriter.

How to Find Antique Scales For Sale Locally

I can't count the number of times I have come across a great scale on ebay only to see the dreaded words "local pick-up only." I once drove nearly 8 hours to PA to pick-up a scale and after that I decided never again. So if you don't want to pay shipping or simply do not care to drive to another state to pick-up that coveted scale, start looking locally. An easy way to do this is by using Auction Zip list auctions in your area with descriptions of what will be sold. You can sign up for auction alerts which means you will get an e-mail whenever an item you are looking for is coming up for auction. You can also set search perimeters for auctions within a given mile range. So if you want to look for scales being auctioned within a 25-100 mile range you can.

Auction zip is easy to navigate and free to use. A service like auction zip will make your search for an antique scale a lot easier.

Are you a Scale Collecter? - What is Your Favorite Scale?

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      kathy 2 years ago

      Iam looking for parts for a vintage doctors weight scale

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      SeaSiren LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Honestly, I am not aware of any reproduction parts for this type of scale. Your best option might be purchasing another scale which could be used for parts. I would search on both ebay and etsy to see if there are any reasonably priced scales that could work. Try searching for antique apothecary scale. You might consider giving Vintage Cash Register and Scale Co. a call and see if they can give you a line on parts (818) 896-8539. Good Luck!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've inherited an older Seederer Kohlbusch lab balance scale in a wooda and glass case. It is missing one of the trays and its hanger clip. Is there a place to purchase these types of parts? Even if not the S-K brand, I would purchase a pair of comperable trays.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      After a 25 year career with Toledo Scale Company (now Mettler-Toledo), naturally I prefer Toledo Scales. I restored a Toledo Model 405 which I had for years and recently donated to the Toledo Historical Museum. I felt it belonged back in Toledo so Toledoans can see their history. I do have and old restorable Dayton over/under scale that I would be willing to sell to someone. If interested contact me at rftomes@yahoo.com for pics and discussion.

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      SeaSiren LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't know that they have exactly what you want, but perhaps they could help you track it down. Good Luck!

      http://www.gameroomantiques.com/RmBScales.htm

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i need a large dial person weighing scale, just like the one in the old picture. the guess your weight picture. made by dayton or toledo. can anyone help?

      813-751-5630

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have 2 Detecto Scales (heads only) Model 3212zv Capacity 10,000 Ibs and another Model 3208cxv 3,000 Ibs capacity. I was looking for a little info on the age, Collectability, price. Both have been sitting outside and need some restoration any Ideas where I can get some info on them? Thanks a bunch love your site

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I found an old Hobart MFG scale. It looks like an old butchers scale. Are these old scales worth any money?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like almost any National Store Specialty Scale. I also have several Daytons, but I personally like the Nationals. I also have a couple of small Stimpson scales that I think are pretty neat.

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      SeaSiren LM 6 years ago

      Karl,

      According to this page - http://en.allexperts.com/q/Collectibles-General-An... it sounds like you have a counting scale.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I purchased a scale from an auction, I don't know what it is, how to use it, or what it is worth, can any one help, it's a toledo, model # 4655 EE