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

November 25, 2014

Burrows, Stewart & Milne Scale



Burrows, Stewart & Milne Scale
Burrows, Stewart & Milne Scale
This is one of my favourite scales in our collection - the red paint is original and you can still see the gorgeous decals and designs.

All the original weights and basket are with this scale. It was made in Hamilton Ontario circa 1870s.

The original founders were William Burrows (born England died Jan 1, 1909 Hamilton) and Charles Stewart (born Oct 14, 1837 N.J. died Oct 8, 1915 Hamilton). Burrows and Stewart established a firm called Hamilton Malleable Iron Works in 1864. In 1867 John C. Milnes joined the firm and rose through the ranks to treasurer and partner in 1872 at which time they changed the name to Burrows, Stewart & Milne Co. Limited.

The original building was first built in 1868 and was expanded sometime in the 1890's. It endured three fires, the last one in 1948.

Burrows Stewart & Milne manufactured stoves, scales, furnaces as well as carriage and saddlery hardware. For sometime, they were the largest manufacturer of curry-combs in the British Empire. In 1868, they employed approximately 30 employees and by 1910 they had over 300 employees.

According to the Hamilton Jewel Cookbook (issued by BS&M) they were the largest makers of gas goods in Canada. "Jewel" was the patented brand name of their stoves. Many of their scales are stamped with "Champion Jewel Scale"

November 23, 2014

Philipp Jacob Maul Concav Scale

Philipp Jacob Maul Concav Scale
Philipp Jacob Maul Concav Scale
This is a pendulum scale (cast iron) produced by the firm Philipp Jacob Maul of Hamburg in Germany. This firm was established in 1874. In 1943 the factory was bombed and levelled to the ground. The production of scales restarted in 1948. The firm survived until August 1989.

The distinctive Maul logo can be seen on this scale, which I believe is a Heavy Concav Quadrant Letter/Postal Scale. Stamped on the scale is "Voor Huishoudelijk Gebruik" which is Dutch for "For Domestic Use". The enamelled chart is concav positioned and has the CONCAV mark on it along with the Maul logo. It weighs items up to 500 grams, has a zero levelling screw and rotatable legs.

August 3, 2014

Victorian Era Antique Napkin Ring Best Wishes

This is another Victorian Era Antique Napkin Ring in my personal collection.

An owl sits on a wishbone beside the holder which is engraved "Best Wishes"

It was made by the Toronto Silverplate Company

August 1, 2014

Victorian Era Antique Napkin Ring Lily Pad

This is another Victorian Era Antique Napkin Ring in my personal collection.

This is a Meridian Brittanica Co. Number 168 and consists of a lily leaf (pad) with a lily bud on the handle. In 1888 it sold for $1.33 but in today's market it is worth just under $200.00

July 30, 2014

Victorian Era Antique Napkin Ring Lion

This is another Victorian Era Antique Napkin Ring in my personal collection.

I like this little lion but his tail is missing. Some great designs on the ring holder part add to its appeal.

If it were in good condition this little napkin ring would be worth $200.00-$300.00. As is it's worth around $100.00

I don't even want to tell you how little I paid for it. Okay, twist my arm. I got this little gem for $3.00. He's fine for the Christmas table.