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Correct Weight Scale

circa: early 1900s, painted silver, made by National Scale Company, 70" tall

Price: $2950 plus $450 - $500 shipping.

To order, email: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
call or 202-338-1342 (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. east coast time)

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Talking Scale

Circa: 1904, made by the Moore Company in Boston

This RARE 1900's coin operated scale is made of cast iron.

It also has a porcelain sign marque and 6 porcelain sign "louvers" that provide directions

It is in good working order but it really needs a better condition record.

The present record is well worn and is not very easy to understand the weight that it says.l

Price: $14,950 plus $450 shipping

To order, email: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
call or 202-338-1342 (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. east coast time)

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Mills Fat Lean Lollipop Scale

circa 1905, made by the Mills Novelty Company.

This big head lollipop scale is similar to the National Scale and was made possibly by the Automatic Beam Auto Scale Company in New York City.

This scale is in its original condition and shows wear.

Price: $2950 plus $450 shipping

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call or 202-338-1342 (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. east coast time)

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1902 Watling Guessing Scale

circa. 1902, another very early coin operated scales. A unique scale with a money back feature.

Get on the scale, set a pointer to your estimated weight by means of a knob on front, drop in a penny and wait. If you are within a pound of your estimate, you get your penny back.

Dimensions: 21" wide, 67" high, 32" deep.

See Close-Up Photo

Price: $5950 plus $450 shipping.

To order, email: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
call or 202-338-1342 (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. east coast time)

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National Scale

circa. 1903, Here is one of the earliest coin operated scales. Beautifully restored.

It is a real eye catcher. It is almost 6' tall and has a beautiful porcelain face and marquee sign.

See close-up photo of the Middle of Scale and Bottom of Scale

Price: $4950 plus $450 shipping.

To order, email: durham@GameRoomAntiques.com along with your name, location and phone number
call or 202-338-1342 (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. east coast time)

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Antique Forsyth
Country Store Scale

This balance beam type scale has a capacity to weigh 170 lbs. It still works and is fairly accurate.

Dimensions: Base is 21" x 16". Back is 25" tall, Weight: Approx 40 lbs

Price: $395 plus shipping Located in Texas

For more information send e-mail or call Ken on 202-338-1342 along with your phone number

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Other Scales

GameRoomAntiques only has a few scales shown above for sale. To assist you, we list below the antique scales currently for sale on Ebay for immediate purchase (Buy It Now).

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HISTORY OF COIN OPERATED SCALES

During the 1920s and 1930s there was a coin operated scale on almost every corner. The company controlling most of the scale market, with thousands of routemen, was the Peerless Scale Company. In 1929, Peerless was worth over $50 million. Since people always had a penny, even in the middle of the depression, they could always afford to weigh themselves. As a result, Peerless scales were profitable.

In a good location, a scale collecting one penny at a time could earn $50 - $100 a month, or a $1,000 a year. Even in a poor location, a scale could bring in $5 a month. Since a scale cost only $50, scales contributed to many people getting rich quickly.

The first coin operated scale was brought to this country from Germany in 1885. A few years later, in 1889, the National Scale Company manufactured the first coin operated scale in the United States.

The popularity of scales reached its pinnacle in the mid-1930's, when there were over 750,000 scales all across the country. As the novelty of the scale diminished, new gimmicks were designed to revitalize interest.

Some scales were designed to give a small ticket with a person's weight printed on it (so that people could hide their weight from viewers and husbands). Then, fortunes were added to the tickets and before long pictures of movie stars were used to encourage patrons to collect tickets and complete a set. Back then, the movie stars paid the scale companies to feature their pictures in order to promote their names.

The interest in scales decreased rapidly in the 1940s. By 1946, there were only 200,000 scales in existence. The advent of the inexpensive bathroom scale was probably the major cause of the demise of the coin operated scale, however, vandalism and the increased costs of repairing vandalized scales also contributed to their decline.

From the 1950s on, old scales were considered junk. They were heavy (200 - 300 pounds), bulky, and quickly discarded. When collecting coin operated machines became popular in the 1970s and 1980s, few collectors thought that a scale was worth collecting.

Times, however, are changing. Slowly, but surely, the coin operated scale is finding its place as a sought after collector's item. Unfortunately, very few of the 750,000 scales are in existence. The best estimate is that there are only about 5,000 collectible scales left.

Additional information on coin operated scales can be found in the following books by Dick Bueschel: Lollipop Scales. These books are available from the GameRoomAntiques Bookstore.

Copyright: 1996 Ken Durham.

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