December 4, 2014

December 3, 2014

Salter's Spring Balance Scale

Salter's Spring Balance Scale
Salter's Spring Balance Scale
Made in England. Part of our scale collection.

SALTER HOUSEWARES itself began life in the late 1700S in the village of Bilston, England. At this time Richard Salter, a spring maker, began making 'pocket steelyards', a scale similar to the fisherman's scale of today.

By 1825 his nephew George had taken over the company, which became known as GEORGE SALTER & CO. and later established a large, well equipped manufacturing site in the town of West Bromwich.

The brass face reads:

Salter's Spring Balance Made in England
30 lb by 2 oz
Brass Scale

December 1, 2014

Antique Gurney & Ware Scale

Antique Gurney & Ware Scale
Antique Gurney & Ware Scale
Well, another great find at Barrie Antiques Centre, Innisfil Street. Lorine and I spotted a balance scale with the original decorations and painting, plus the original brass pan and ceramic plate with "Gurney's & Ware, Hamilton" on it. The plate had split down the middle but considering the age of the scale that's not unexpected.

The scale had been assembled incorrectly, I guess by the dealer who had it for sale, but I knew I could fix that at home. Someone at one time had added lead shotgun pellets and old nuts in the well where you unscrew the brass plate (for weight) but you don't see that anyway.

Charles and Edward Gurney arrived in Hamilton, Ontario from Utica New York, in 1842 and became 2 of 3 partners in the Gurney and Carpenter Iron Foundry. Elijah Ware and Edwin Dalley started a commercial scale company in 1856 and in 1885 Dalley sold his share to the Gurney brothers. The company was renamed the Gurney Scale Company (G.S.C.)

...Read more about these early Hamilton industrial establishments

November 28, 2014

Vintage Purina Advertising Cow Chow Milk Scale

Vintage Purina Advertising Cow Chow Milk Scale
Vintage Purina Advertising Cow Chow Milk Scale
This is a very nice Purina Cow Chow Scale. The brass face has the following lettering:

Makes More Milk
At Less Cost

Farmer's Milk Scale
Not Legal For Trade

Spring Balanced
to 30 lbs.

Don't Guess - Use This
Purina Milk Scale

The company behind the famous checkerboard symbol, Purina Mills, was founded by William H. Danforth in 1894. The Purina Company (originally called the Robinson-Danforth Commission Company) was the result of a partnership which was formed to produce animal feed, and operate a retail feed store.

Purina commissioned numerous products which were given to salesmen, customers and owners of these feed companies, in return for new or enlarged accounts. This was part of the massive advertising technique to develop wholesale and retail accounts from feed stores, feed lots, farms and dairies.

Among the many products produced as incentives were: brass scales for weighing milk, baby chickens, rings, clothespin bags, posters and signs, brass animals, fine art animal paintings, ties, and well-made pocketknives with the famous Purina name and red and white checkerboard overlaid with clear celluloid on the sides of the handles.

I have two of these scales, this one is in the best condition and I'm selling the other one on E-Bay. This one hangs on our sunroom wall with quite a few other steelyard and spring balance scales.