This fabulous cast iron antique double beam balance scale probably dates to the 1800s. Heavy cast iron base still shows some of the original gold and red paint stenciled around the molded bottom. Upper calibrated beam with small sliding brass weight measures grams up to 25. Larger lower beam with large sliding brass weight measures grams, ounces and “LB. TO BUSHEL” on three separate calibrations. We can’t find a manufacturer on the scale, but the lower beam is inscribed “PAT. APL’D FOR.” This type of mercantile counter balance scale was used in general stores to measure candy, seed, grain and pharmaceuticals. Lovely patina with small amount of rust on original painted black base. Removable tin scoop pan has a lot of rust and corrosion. Scale measures 14 inches wide to end of beam by 4 inches deep and stands 9 inches high including scoop. The scoop measures 12 inches long by 6.5 inches wide. (Lots of space to use as a fruit display – see photos.) Both brass weights move freely and the scale works though we haven’t tested its accuracy. This absolutely beautiful rustic antique scale would make a lovely decorative fruit bowl in your farmhouse kitchen!
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