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“7 lbs 8 oz,” Beatrice Sawyer called out to her husband as she squinted at the dial on the Columbia Family Scale that sat on the kitchen counter. Her husband, Cletis, quickly wrote down the number in a large black leather bound ledger. This was the eleventh time they had gone through this routine and she was tired. “That’s it Cletis, I’m not weighing another one.” She said with an accusing stare directed right at her husband. But then she looked at the little eyes staring up at her from the bright red-haired newborn baby she was holding in her arms. “Welllll maybe one more.”
Here’s a wonderful antique 24lb Columbia Family Scale (1907 patent date) U.S. made by Landers, Frary & Clark. This working scale has a nice vintage patina from years of use. It stands 8.25” (21cm) tall, 6” (15cm) wide and 9” (24cm) deep. It is made out of sheet steel and it looks like it was unpainted from the factory although the rim around the dial looks like it was painted gold. This model was made by Landers, Frary & Clark for many years but we are dating this one to the 1920’s or 1930’s.
As mentioned, this scale has been well used over the years. The body has some surface rust which gives is a nice rich patina. The dial face is soiled but the graphics are still strong. The scale needle is a little bent but moves freely and the scales appears to work although we can't guarantee its accuracy.