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Detecto baby scale with cradle weighs up to 25 lbs. Mid century minimalist design perfect for newborn photography. Awesome piece for the vintage nursery. Nice decor item for the shabby chic or country cottage, industrial or atomic age home. Repurpose as a kitchen scale or in your office for weighing packages.

There is a calibration knob for weighing things with baby, put a nice soft blanket on the cradle so baby doesn't get shocked by the cold metal, then set to zero for an accurate reading. The scale is 50-60 years old and shows signs of use and wear, especially in the cradle. Paint loss in minimal elsewhere.

The Detecto Scale Company was established in 1900 in NewYork City. The company was the founded by three brothers. The company manufactured a huge assortment of scales for indutrial, medical and household use, such as butchers' scales, counter scales, clinical scales, hanging scales, postal scales and even truck scales. In 1981 Detecto scale was acquired by Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company.


I would suggest coating this with a clear matte spray acrylic to prevent further paint loss and rust, and to seal the remaining paint in case there is any lead content. It will not diminish the look or devalue the piece at all to have that protection.

I will also offer local pick-up. I'm located about half way between NYC and Boston.

Vintage Detecto Baby Scale Photo Prop


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: metal, paint, plastic
  • Only ships to United States from Connecticut, United States.
  • Feedback: 147 reviews
  • Favorited by: 28 people