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Vintage Mattocks Grocer's Sweet Shop Scales Retro 1930s
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Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Scales/ Weights
Style: Vintage/ Retro
This auction is for a set of shop scales - maybe from a grocer's shop or possibly a sweet shop. 
We don't have a precise date, but the 1930s is probably the most likely decade.

The scales are (unsurprisingly) only graduated in pounds and ounces. 
They weigh up to 2 pounds, show quarter ounces, and are accurate (if levelled correctly using the adjustable feet). 
They could happily be used for day-to-day kitchen duties.

Let me run through the photos.

1)  The complete scales from the front. 
The enamelling is close to perfect - there are no chips.
The plating has worn away inside the bowl to show the brass metal, in places.

2)  A close-up of the main graduated scale.
The glare in the centre of the photo is just camera flash.
The fading of the black printing towards the right of the scale is real.
The red printing has faded due to the action of sunlight over the decades.
The alternating black and red scales give the price for rates varying from sixpence a pound to "two and six" a pound.
The background has yellowed over the years.

3)  From the side.
Note the adjustable feet.

4)  From the back.
Some corrosion to the circular chromed panel.
The back scale again shows fading of the red figures - and yellowing (almost "foxing") of the background.

5)  The bowl.
I think this has been "tinned" - dipped in molten tin, as opposed to electroplated.

6)  Various markings etc.
At top left - one of the small spirit levels is missing.
At top right - a serial number.  It might be possible to translate this into a precise date.
At bottom left - presumably a testing mark - King George, but Fifth (1910-36) or Sixth (1936-52) ?
At bottom right - this is the Mattocks' Eureka, it seems - the colour has
partially worn away.

The scales are 20" (51cm) tall, and 13¾" (35cm) from front to back. 
Ironically, I'm not sure of the precise weight, but it's too much to post.
There is always the option of a specialist courier (e.g. Abbey)
- or using a "clearing house" for "men with vans" (e.g. Shiply).

If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them.

No reserve on this item, and a low start price.
Payment by PayPal or cash on collection.

No returns, due to the aggravation of shipping such a heavy item.
If you are local (to Shrewton, Wilts), you are welcome to view.

The working assumption is that you will collect the scales - within one week. 
However, I am at SP3 4JY and could possibly deliver locally for 80p a mile - but please check with me first.

If the winning bidder does not respond to eBay messages for 4 days, our contract will be void and I will relist.

Happy bidding, and good luck!

Dating information:

I have been pointed towards this:-

"Mattocks & Son, Walworth
Charles Mattocks at 21 Pitt Street, St Georges Road SE in 1881.
By 1887 he had moved to 12 Carter Street SE.
Mattocks and Sons had moved to 246 Walworth Road by 1900.
They are last listed here in 1939.
Thanks are given to Southwark Local History Library for information supplied."

Between 1900 and 1939, then. 

Addendum:  Concerning the possibility of using a courier:

In response to several questions - yes, shipping this item is possible, but potentially risky.  I remain nervous about going this route.

The scales - without packaging - weigh about 16.5 kg (about 36 lb), it turns out.  If I could pack the scales so the weight was under 20kg, HDNL would probably ship to most of the UK for £7.00 (probably plus extra cover).  You can look at rates at

Now, I think I could pack this so that only the most enthusiastic of "van men" could succeed in breaking the glass.  But the mechanism, I'm less sure about.  At the moment, the scales are very accurate.  They might not work at all after shipping.  I have no idea how robust these scales are.

If a buyer requests it, I will pack the scales to the best of my ability - and charge a nominal £5 for my time and for materials.  Then, if the buyer wants to organise (and pay for) a courier, I will do all I can to facilitate pick-up of the item.  If the scales are damaged in transit, it will be down to the buyer to claim for compensation.

There could be a flaw to this "cunning plan".  If you think you might want to pay for a courier, a phone call to 01980 621848 between 6 pm and 7 pm will work most days, and we can discuss the pros and cons.

"Plan A" is and remains collection in person.  We only move to "Plan B" (i.e. using a courier) by mutual agreement, and that agreement would need to take place before a bid was made.  If a courier is used, all the associated risks will lie with the buyer.

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