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Vintage BRASS KETCHUM'S SPRING BALANCE SCALE Farm Milk Dairy COW TESTING 40 Lb See original listing
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Some dents and chipped paint on back

06 Jul, 2014 14:54:18 BST
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Vintage BRASS KETCHUM'S Milk Scale


Great looking estate find!  This is a vintage hanging brass scale that is imprinted "KETCHUM'S IMPROVED SPRING BALANCE  OTTAWA-ONT  COW TESTING ONLY NOT LEGAL FOR USE IN TRADE".  From my research, I have learned that scales marked "Cow Testing Only" were used in Canada for weighing the milk of dairy cows in order to cull the herd of less productive cows.  They were made by several companies, including Ketchum as well as Chatillon and Sargent & Co.  They typically had capacities of 30, 40 or 50 pounds.  This particular scale has a capacity of 40 pounds and is from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (as marked).

This scale measures 10-1/2" long x 2-1/2" wide x 2" deep.  The front is brass with 6 copper or bronze grommets and the back is red painted metal.  There are some dents in the front and chipped paint and some white paint drops on the back-- but all this adds to its vintage charm, in my opinion. The iron ring and hook are both intact and complete. Be sure to super size my photos for details on the condition. It should be noted that I have not polished or cleaned this piece-- it is in the same condition as when I found it.  

This charming brass scale will show well and will be a fine addition to any collection. Great as a plant hanger too!


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