ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Vintage Egg Scales - Chicken Collectibles

Updated on July 28, 2017

Vintage Egg Scales - Chicken Collectible

Mechanical egg scales have been used by farmers for more than 50 years to weigh their eggs for grading.

Small, medium, large and extra large egg grades are based on weight.

If you've ever seen farm-fresh eggs produced by hens from a small farm or backyard chicken flock, you'll have seen that size and shape varies quite a bit. Egg scales make quick work of grading eggs for sale, or to use for cooking when size matters.

Vintage models by Jiffy and other makers can be found in the marketplace. New ones are available, too. At our house, we have grandpa's old one. And we use it, too!

Photos by kimbesa

Vintage Egg Scale Close Up

Jiffy vintage egg scale
Jiffy vintage egg scale

Egg Scale Shows The Size


Mechanical Egg Scales - Simple and Sturdy

This type of scale is old school. It uses a counterweight on the back to balance when an egg is placed in the holder.

That allows the arm to move and stop in the right range for the size of the egg.

These scales were portable and sturdy to hold up to daily use around the hen house.

Check out the photos to see the front and back of the scale, as it measures a hefty extra large egg.

When you're choosing a vintage egg scale, look for these things:

  • Smooth motion of the weighing arm, no snags or drags along the rest of the scale.
  • Low rust, and not too much damage to the decals, especially the weights.
  • Heavy for its size. The old ones were made to last.
  • Check with a real egg of known size, if you're planning to use your scale to weigh eggs.

Egg Scale Front and Back

Ever Seen An Egg Scale?

Did You Learn Something About Egg Scales?

See results

More Chicken Collectibles

To enhance your egg or chicken collection, there are other items that complement pieces used or inspired by life on the farm:

  • Small figures of chickens, hens or roosters
  • Wire egg baskets used to gather eggs
  • Egg cups used to serve soft-boiled eggs
  • Salt and pepper shakers in all shapes and sizes
  • Egg-motif accessories of all kinds, including linens and clocks

An egg scale can be just the start of a menagerie of interesting pieces for a unique and conversation-starting collection that will look great on your mantel, curio shelf or Hoosier cabinet.

Do You Collect Anything Vintage? - Do Egg Scales Interest You?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      6 years ago

      How very cool, you brought back memories of a farm I used to visit and they would let me way the eggs with a scale after helping gather them...not all hens give up there eggs easy. I've had a few collections along the way that I ended up selling. Delightfully done! :)

    • kimbesa2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      @DebMartin: I know what you mean about clutter. I'm weak when it comes to chicken stuff, dishes and stuff I like. Basically anything can end up here. We don't use our scales, because we eat our eggs (vs. sell them). But if you like all things chicken, these are cool, and they don't take up much space. (Nothing else had to go when we got the second scale.)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm not much of a collector, liking to keep things around my home cleared out. But there's something about chickens and eggs that calls to me and I love to see all the gadgets. I've never seen these scales before. Fun.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      This is the first time I've heard of egg scales:). Interesting and cute. Thank you for sharing.

    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I collect many many things vintage. Love vintage. Thanks for showing me the egg scales.

    • Dusty2 LM profile image

      Dusty2 LM 

      7 years ago

      WoW! This brings back many memories. I wish I had a nickel for every hour I spent weighing eggs using one of these scales. I could have been rich! If I had known these would become collectible I would have kept my G-parent's egg scale because it was in excellent shape and condition. Oh well! Thank you for sharing this lens. (^_^)

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm always looking for milk glass at thrift shops. Can't hardly get enough. :)

    • Charmcrazey profile image

      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I collect too many things vintage. If I wasn't worried about becoming a hoarder I might look into egg scales.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)