Collectibles-General (Antiques)/scales


QUESTION: howdy  I have a American scales mfg co   yellow porcelain top and bottom   penny weight and nickel weight and horoscope   removed top rear panel with key   lower panel cannot be removed because its top left and right corners seems to be soldered   therefore cannot access lower part of machine   its nicely done and appears to be matching green factory paint as is the rest of the cabinet   makes no sense to me   your input would help me move forword   short story long   happy trails

ANSWER: Hi James,

It is very difficult to guess which model you have as American scale made a lot of different models. I have answered a lot of questions of these in the past so if you go to the find box above at the top of this page and type in American Scale I bet you will see several of them with photo's and values.
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Rodger Knutson

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QUESTION: thanks mucho for your nice and speedy response  the photos I have seen my scale seems to be a combination 530 except they have a red top and black base mine is yellow top and bottom but my main issue is why the top corners of the rear lower panel appear to be spot welded and so cannot be removed without modification. is this factory or a later mod? it seems to me access to lower part of cabinet would be a nasesaty.thank you for further input...happy trails

Hi James,
I am not sure on this, I have a scale here also but its not an American brand so I have nothing in here to look at to see how it was made. The scale we have opens from the front, and that exposes all the workings. Do you see a lock hole in the back where it could of had one or a side that is hinged? if not, then maybe they did have welded backs. I wish I had a model 530 here so I could look at it and compare it with yours. There is a scale expert here, Bill and Jan Bering and they may know or be able to help you with this. I will keep looking for a Model 530Americal scale so I can have a look at it and if I do, I'll get back to you.

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Rodger Knutson

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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: My web site is at:


I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

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Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

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