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I inherited a Buffalo platform table scale that my grandfather used in his hardware store in the early 1900's.  He weighed me on it when I was a baby.  It needs to be polished up, but otherwise it's in good condition and has all the weights.  The serial number is 251813.  Rocky at Buffalo Scale Co. estimates it was born in 1917.  Can you offer an approx. retail value, and advice on ways to find a buyer for it?

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Hi Carole,

Your Buffalo Counter Platform Scale was manufactured in two different capacities. It could be ordered in a capacity of 200 lbs. by 1 oz. or 300 lbs. by 2 ozs.  Retail value in the teens when your scale was manufactured was $16 or $19 depending on capacity.  Retail value might be $50- $150. We recommend trying to sell it on Ebay, craigs list or consigning it to an antique shop or mall in your area.  Value might be higher if you have proof that it was in a specific store.

Hope this helps.

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Bill & Jan Berning

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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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