Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Troemner scale

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HI Bill & Jan I bought a smallish Troemner scale recently and I never  have seen one like it. It will weigh two lbs with one beam and one oz on the second the second bar is marked with one hundred lines so to mark one one hundredth of an oz. And I wondered how old it is and why they needed it to be so precise also how rare it is? and what you think it might be worth? it seems to be very accurate?   Thank you very much Jack  sending photos to your iweighu account

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Hi Jack,

Based on its number the scale most resembles a postal scale which is described as follows in Troemner's 1921 catalog: "Postal Scales. These Scales are designed particularly for weighing light postal packages, envelopes of first-class matter, etc.

They are accurate and dependable and they are small as it is practicable to make such a Scale for correct weight.
A handy thing for the desk, either home or office."

         "Brass Pan      Brass Beam       Steel Bearings

No.      Capacity          Pan       
4408    1 lb. x 1/4 oz.      6" x 4 1/2" x 1/2" deep turn up.
4409    2 lb. x 1/2 oz.      7" x 5"     x 1/2" turn up.

Other Capacities upon Application."

In the 1932 catalog Troemner also offered the following:
"Sandwich Meat Scale. Monel Metal Pan. Brass beam. Steel Bearings. In use today in many restaurants and lunch counters for the weighing of meat in making up sandwiches.
No.        Capacity         
4406       1 lb. x 1/4 Oz.
4407       2 lb. x 1/2 oz.
Above scales are more sensitive than minimum graduation".

Parcel post scales were offered in 1921 bearing the numbers 4411, 4412 and 4413 but we found none with your 4410S so we suspect that your scale was one of the "Other Capacities upon Application" scales. Scales that were offered by Troemner graduated to 1/100 of an ounce were silk scales and a hatters' fur scale both of which were equal arm balances.  It is possible that the S designates the scale as a silk scale but we have no definitive proof and most scales were of the equal arm type.

We believe that your scale is quite uncommon and retail value might be $150-$250.

Hope this helps.

Weigh Daily!!!

Bill & Jan Berning

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Bill & Jan Berning

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

Experience

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

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

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

Education/Credentials
Jan: BS FACS & Art University of Georgia

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