Collectibles-General (Antiques)/age of scale


have a barrel scale from the computing scale co., i found some marks on the sign that sits on top of barrel, one has 144, t-266, the other one has 96, t-196, 144. on back of barrel on frame of the small sight glass it has #929332 and style 1700 -capy 30 lbs. ends of barrel have round glass mirror end caps., have totally restored it looks beautiful, i've put it back together and can't get scale to weigh out to 30 # max. i can calibrate roll to '' 0'' but will only depress to about 5#, have racked my brains and feel i'm just missing something, adjusting mechanism inside barrel seems pretty simple just can't get it to weigh more then a few pounds, i sure would appericate any help on age or calibrating thanks for your time

Hi Timothy,

Most barrel top computing scales were manufactured in the late 1800s to the 1940s. We have never taken these scales apart so can't tell you the what the problem might be. We do suggest that you check to make sure that the platform is not rubbing on anything.  Bob Depenbrok at Vintage Cash Register and Scale Co. might be able to help. You can tell him we sent you.

Hope this helps.

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Bill & Jan Berning

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