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Scale No. 7173
Scale No. 7173  
My mom bought an Exact Weight Scale from flea market. It is from The Smith Scale Company scale No. 7173. We were wondering what something like this is worth and how often you see these.

Hi James,

The Smith Scale Co., manufacturer of the Exact Weight Scales, was "organized in 1916, for the purpose of making scales under the patents of Walter Standish Smith." Smith later changed its name to Exact Weight Scale Co., was in Columbus, OH and was in business at least until 1973 as evidenced by patents assigned to the company. Scales from this company are seen often.

Your scale is what is known as an over/under scale.  That is, it shows whether the load is over or under a pre-set weight. As such with the porcelain plate it may have been for weighing butter. Unfortunately, the scale is missing its over/under dial and left(as photographed) plate.  Rust stains in the porcelain over cast iron base are almost impossible to remove. Retail value might be $10-$45.

Hope this helps.

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Bill & Jan Berning

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