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Hi, i've brought an antique scale ten years ago labeled of "The Computing Scale CO - Toronto" and i would like to learn more about it, rarity, possible yearling of fabrication, etc. So i've made few researches on the web and found ur address. Thanks for further info, i send a picture attached, let me know if any additionnal information is needed.

Sorry for spelling, english is not my daily language.
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Hi Marc,

The Computing Scale Co. was incorporated in 1891 in Detroit, Michigan.  In 1900 Dayton Moneyweight Scale Company and Detroit Automatic Scale Company were acquired by Computing Scale Company. By 1912 the company, with offices in Dayton, Detroit and Toronto was acquired by Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. which was renamed IBM in February of 1924.  The History of IBM may be found here: http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/history/decade_1900.html and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_IBM .  Based on these facts your scale was most likely manufactured by the company in Toronto between 1900 and 1912. Most American collectors are not so interested in Canadian fan top computing scales due to the cost of shipping.    Retail value might be $150-$300.

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We can answer almost any question regarding antique scales of any type.

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We are dealers in antique coin operated penny scales and parts. We collect antique scales of all types. Bill has been buying and selling scales and mail order penny scale parts since 1983. Jan started collecting small scales of all types in 1977. Our combined collection of antique scales contains over 2200 scales. We are the authors of the book Scales: A Collector's Guide and The revised & Expanded 2nd Edition of Scales: A Collector's Guide. Jan is the editor of "Equilibrium" the journal of The International Society of Antique Scale Collectors. Our website is www.PennyScale.com

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The International Society of Antique Scale Collectors www.isasc.org, Coin Operated Collectors Association

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Articles by or about the Bernings have appeared in issues of “Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine”, “This Old House”, "Reminisce", “Equilibrium” and “Country Living”.

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Jan: BS FACS & Art University of Georgia

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