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Challenge Letter Balance PS66
Challenge Letter Balance PS66
Original, quality 1930's / 40's letter balance in pressed tin with nickel mounts and a curved weight detail to the front. This very clean example comes with part of the original box and the original leaflet with the postal rates for the period 1923 to 1940. Complete and in good and working order.

4" tall.

Base 3 ¼" x 2 1/8".

Box 4" x 3.5".

 
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Price: 65.00


Halls Patent Letter Balance PS65
Original, quality sheet brass letter balance in the original matt gilt finish, calibrated with the postal rates for the years 1865 to 1871 and the original green leather covered hinged case. This example was designed by NR Hall in 1863 and is impressed "Hall's Patent" and stamped "Parnell London" for the manufacturer. The case is rather thin at the leather hinge but otherwise in super condition with the underside impressed for the retailer "Asprey 156 Bond Street and 22 Albemarle Street", apart from the weakness of the hinge all is complete and in good and working order.

Case 5" x 2.75" x 0.5".

Scale 4.75" x 2.125".

 
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Price: 135.00


Halls Patent Letter Balance PS65



Salter Letter Balance PS64
Salter Letter Balance PS64
Original, quality pre-war tiny letter balance with its own leather pouch. This example has an ivorine face, a hook to the top and a spring clip beneath. The face is detailed for the maker "Salter", "Made in England" and is calibrated up to four ounces. Complete and in good and working order.

Scale 4.5" x 1" x 0.25".

Pouch 3" x 2.25".

 
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Price: 56.00


Brass Letter Balance with Inkwell PS63
Original, quality late 19th century engraved brass postal scales mounted on the original shaped walnut plinth with the original fitted glass inkwell and old replacement brass weights. This most unusual example is the first we have seen. The brass scales are engraved with flowers and leaf designs to the front and top, the inkwell is in moulded glass with a cast brass hinge and collar to the lid and the walnut plinth is mounted on three bun feet. The weights are of the correct number and denomination but the originals would have been engraved. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Fully overhauled and complete and in good and working order.

12" x 9.5" x 5.5" tall.

 
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Price: 650.00


Brass Letter Balance with Inkwell PS63



Set of Mordan Brass Postal Scales PS62
Set of Mordan Brass Postal Scales PS62
Original, quality late 19th century superb set of brass letter scales with a full run of original brass weights all mounted on the rectangular wooden plinth with the top, veneered with coromandel. The beam of this scale is impressed for the maker "S. Mordan & Co London". The weights are all the original with the exception of the one and two ounce ones which are old replacements, the remaining five weights are stamped in a way typical for Mordans "OZ 16", "OZ 8", "OZ 4", "OZ 2" and "OZ ½". The wooden base is mounted on four bun feet, the scale pan to the right shows the postal rates for the year 1885 to 1887 and the left pan is detailed "Book Post, one halfpenny for every two ounces up to 5lbs. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

Base 10.5" x 5.5" x 1.25".

Total 5.5" tall x 11" x 5.75".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 385.00


Perry & Co Brass Letter Balance PS57
Original, quality late 19th century brass letter scale of the pendulum balance form. This example is calibrated in old pennies and ounces and is for the postage rates from 1885 to 1897 and has the original steel letter clip and top split ring. The pendulum is impressed for the manufacturer "Perry & Co London". Originally nickel plated with traces still to the reverse and now polished brass and lacquered and complete and in good and working order.

6" x 3.25" widest x 0.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 75.00


Perry & Co Brass Letter Balance PS57



Salters No11 Letter Balance PS56
Salters No11 Letter Balance PS56
Original, quality 1920's /30's scale with a very decorative cast iron body, a brass face and brass top plate. The brass dial is detailed "Salters Letter Balance No11" and is calibrated in ounces and parts of and the postage for the years 1923 to 1940. All has been cleaned and lacquered, fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order.

7" tall.

Base 5" wide.

3.75" front to back.

Pan 3.25" diam.

Total 4.25" front to back.

 
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Price: 185.00


Cased Pair of Salter Balances PS37
Pair of original, quality, pre-war, nickel plated tubular spring balances, in the original blue velvet and white silk lined leather look paper covered box, with a hinged lid and a pair of clasps. Both these balances are stamped for the maker "Salter" and the one with the spring clip, presumably for letters, is calibrated in ounces up to 16oz and the other, with a hook for parcels? is calibrated in pounds up to 15lbs. All is in near mint condition, probably not seen action and both balances are complete and in good and working order.

Case 9" x 3.75" x 1".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 135.00


Cased Pair of Salter Balances PS37



Salters No 35 Parcel Balance PS36
Salters No 35 Parcel Balance PS36
Original, quality, late 19th century, cast iron parcel scale to weigh up to 7lbs calibrated in ounces. The cast iron body is decorated in relief, to the front and base with designs of acanthus leaves. The circular painted face is marked "Salters Postal Parcel Balance No 35, 7lbs by 1oz" and has the postage rates for the years 1883 to 1886. The top rectangular flat pan is in brass and all has been cleaned and lacquered. The detail to the face is rather faded in places, otherwise all is complete and in good and working order.

Top pan 6" x 4".

Total 8.5" tall.

Base 6" wide.

4.75" front to back.

 
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Price: 115.00


Bakelite Egg Balance S291
Original, quality 1930's / 40's poultry farmers "Lightning" egg scale with brass mounts for first, second and third. Complete and in good and working order.

6" x 3.5" x 2".

 
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Price: 65.00


Bakelite Egg Balance S291



Confectionery Scale and Weights S289
Confectionery Scale and Weights S289
Original, quality late 19th century cast iron sweet shop scales and weights. These scales are in the original paintwork, transfer printed for the maker "Berry & Warmington Ltd" and with the original brass pans and covers to the joints. The cast iron body is embossed "to weigh 2lbs" and the stack of six old brass weights are graduated 1lbs to ½ ounce. All has been cleaned, fully overhauled and the brass polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and are complete and in good and working order.

Total with pans on 15" x 8" x 6.5" tall.

 
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Price: 185.00


Siddons Scales and Weights S288
Original, quality late 19th century cast iron grocers' / butchers' counter scales in the original paintwork and transfers, complete with a set of original Siddons weights 4lb to 4oz in cast iron and 2oz and 1oz in brass. This example has a circular white ceramic slab transfer printed for the maker "Joseph & Jesse Siddons of West Bromwich" and brass caps to the scale. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

Scale 13" x 8.25" x 7.25" tall.

Weights 4" diam x 5" tall.

 
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Price: 230.00


Siddons Scales and Weights S288



Parnall Brass Beam Scales and Weights S287
Parnall Brass Beam Scales and Weights S287
Original, quality late 19th century grocer's counter scale on the original mahogany base. This super example is all brass with the horizontal brass beam mounted on a tubular column with a cast brass circular pan for the weights and a circular dish for the goods. A stack of eight brass weights is included and from 4lb down to ¼ ounce and the scale beam and the column are both stamped for the manufacturer "Parnall & Sons of Bristol". Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

Mahogany plinth 24" x 11.5" x 1".

Total 28" tall x 25" x 11.5".

 
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Price: 450.00


Wrought Iron Beam Scale and Weights S286
Original, quality late 19th century grocers' / butchers' counter scale with a blacksmith made wrought iron stand and beam with a white ceramic column. The cast iron pan for the weights to one side has brass chain / rods and an adjustable balance weight and the circular white porcelain slab has a brass frame. Two replacement brass collars have been made to suit and fitted to the central column and a stack of brass weights 2lb to ¼ ounce (8) plus a 2lb and 1lb bell shaped brass weights are all included. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

23" tall x 27" long and 11" front to back.

Ceramic slab 11" diam.

 
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Price: 425.00


Wrought Iron Beam Scale and Weights S286



Avery Beam Scale and Weights S285
Avery Beam Scale and Weights S285
Original, quality late 19th century grocers' / butchers' counter scale with a blacksmith made wrought iron centre column on a decorative cast iron base and mounted with the brass beam scale. This example has three brass chain rods with a heavy cast brass pan for the weights to one side and a circular porcelain plate to the other with a brass frame support. A stack of old brass weights and a 2lb and 1lb brass bell shaped weight are included. The ceramic slab is transfer printed for "W&T Avery of Birmingham" the manufacturer of the scale and the horizontal brass beam is stamped for the same, back and front. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all will dismantle into nine pieces for ease of transport and all is complete and in good and working order. A super all original set of scales.

30.5" tall x 26" wide x 10" front to back.

Ceramic slab 10" diam.

 
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Price: 485.00


Pooley and Son Trade Balance S284
Original, quality late 19th century circular brass balance to weigh 112lbs calibrated in '1lbs'. This example has a thick brass face mounted on a cast iron body, with a brass ring to the top for hanging and a loose brass 'S' hook beneath. The dial has an applied maker's plate detailing "H Pooley & Son Liverpool & 89 Fleet St London". All has been fully overhauled and polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

Dial 8" diam.

Scale 14" long.

1.75" front to back.

 
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Price: 185.00


Pooley and Son Trade Balance S284



Avery White Knight Grocers Scales S282
Avery White Knight Grocers Scales S282
Original, quality 1920's white enamelled on cast iron Grocers' / Butchers' counter scales with the original brass weight slab and fittings and the original white ceramic slab. A stack of similar aged circular cast brass weights is included and these nine weights are calibrated from 4lb down to ¼ ounce. The scale base is detailed in black text "Avery White Knight" on both sides and "to weigh 20lb" and the ceramic slab has a black transfer detail of "The Scales of Justice". Some minor chips and discolouration to the enamel, a perfect ceramic slab and the weights and brass on the scale have been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order. A great looking set of scales and weights and perfect for use in the kitchen. Originally used when weighing cold meats and dairy products etc. Ceramic slab 11" x 10".

Total scale 22.5" x 11" x 11" tall.

Weights 4.5" widest and 4" tall.

 
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Price: 450.00


Pocket Balance with Pan S277
Original, quality 1920's brass faced pocket balance with the original steel chains and tin pan; all appears unused. The balance is calibrated in pounds up to 25lbs. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

Pan 7.25" diam x 1" deep.

Scale 8.25" including hook.

Total length including chain 20".

 
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Price: 56.00


Pocket Balance with Pan S277



Salters No50 Family Scale S254
Salters No50 Family Scale S254
Original, quality Salters' cast iron kitchen scale with a circular brass dial and a lift off oval shaped steel pan. This circa 1900 example is calibrated in half ounces to weight up to 7lbs. The cast iron base and pan have been cleaned and lacquered, and the brass face polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Fully overhauled and complete and in good and working order. The brass face is detailed "Salters Class II Improved Family Scale No50" and "Sylvester Patent".

Pan 11" x 7.5".

Base 6.75" diam.

Total 12.5" tall.

 
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Price: 115.00


Salter No 11 Letter Balance S250
Original, quality cast iron letter balance, with a brass dial and top letter tray. The dial is calibrated to 24 ounces in ¼ ounce divisions for the years 1923 to 1940 and is impressed for the manufacturer " Salters " and " Letter balance No 11 " and " Made in England ". The body has retained a green stippled paint finish and the brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All has been fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order.

Top pan 3.25".

Total 7.5" tall.

Base 4" wide.

3.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 85.00


Salter No 11 Letter Balance S250



Salters Family Scale S249
Salters Family Scale S249
Original, quality salters' cast iron kitchen scale, with a circular brass dial and a lift off circular steel pan. This circa 1900 example is calibrated in half ounces to weigh up to 7lbs. The cast iron base and steel pan have been cleaned and lacquered and the brass face polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All has been fully overhauled and is complete and in good and working order. The brass face is detailed " Salters' Improved Family Scale, number 50, British made " and " Sylvester's patent ".

12.75" tall including pan.

9.5" wide including pan.

Base 6.5" diam.

 
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Price: 115.00


W & T Avery Personal Scale S234
Original, quality, oak sit-on weighing scale manufactured by W & T Avery, circa 1900. These scales, often referred to as jockey scales, were actually used in doctors surgeries or health and mens clubs or private bathrooms. This superb example has a seat upholstered red leather, the original brass side arms and a brass mounted, cast iron steelyard sliding scale. The honey coloured oak body has square tapered legs and a drawer to one end for the record book. The seat has been re-upholsted in red leather, very similar to the original, the scale has the original paintwork, transfers and is designed to weigh up to 24 stone. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order.

Main body 25.5" x 16" and 20" tall.

Seat 18" x 16" and 22.5" from floor.

Total height 25.5" to top of arm.

 
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Price: 850.00


W & T Avery Personal Scale S234



Pooley London & North Western Railway Balance S218
Pooley London & North Western Railway Balance S218
Original, quality, late 19th century, circular brass balance to weigh 112lb and calibrated in 1lbs. This most unusual example has a thick brass face mounted on a cast iron body, with a ring to the top for hanging and a swivel shackle beneath. The dial has an applied maker's plate detailing "H Pooley and Son Ltd", "Capacity 112lbs", "Class 3" and "Liverpool and Birmingham". The front also has a clear lead custom seal. The reverse also has an applied brass plaque detailing "Pooley and Son Liverpool" and "L&NW 3275", (L&NW' for 'London and North Western Railways). All has been cleaned and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

Dial 8" diameter.

Scale 14" long and 1.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 300.00


Ceramic Scale Slab SP25
Original, quality late 19th century circular white ceramic scale slab with a transfer detail to the centre of the top, of two figures holding devices, stood on a globe with a male lion to one side. This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers' / Grocers' and Dairy Counters. Some staining and crazing otherwise complete and in good order. Now ideal for a cheese plate.

10" diam x 0.25".

 
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Price: 56.00


Ceramic Scale Slab SP25



Co-op Ceramic Scale Slab SP24
Co-op Ceramic Scale Slab SP24
Original, quality late 19th century circular white ceramic scale slab with an overall marbled effect to the top and edge and transfer printed to the centre for the manufacturer / supplier "Co-opertaive Wholesale Society Ltd". This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers' / Grocers' and Dairy Counters. Now ideal for a cheese plate. Some stains and wear rub to the edges, otherwise complete and in good order.

10" diam x 0.5".

 
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Price: 115.00


Josiah Fisher of Banham Ceramic Scale Plate SP18
Original, quality 1920's square shaped white ceramic scale plate with an upturned back, with transfer details for the maker to the top "Josiah Fisher & Son Banham". This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers, Grocers and on Dairy Counters. Ideal for a cheese plate. Complete and in good order.

11.75" x 11" x 2".

 
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Price: 115.00


Josiah Fisher of Banham Ceramic Scale Plate SP18



John Whittaker Blackpool Ceramic Scale Slab SP17
John Whittaker Blackpool Ceramic Scale Slab SP17
Original, quality 1920's square shaped white ceramic scale plate with an upturned back, with transfer details for the maker to the top "John Whittaker & Son Complete Shopfitters 30 Topping St Blackpool". This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers, Grocers and on Dairy Counters. Ideal for a cheese plate. Complete and in good order.

11" x 10" x 1.75".

 
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Price: 115.00


G &W Pairman Newcastle on Tyne Ceramic Scale Plate SP15
Original, quality late 19th century circular white ceramic scale plate, with a marbled design and transfer printed for "G&W Pairman Scale & Beam Makers', 113 & 115 Pilgrim Street Newcastle on Tyne". This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers, Grocers and on Dairy Counters. Ideal for a cheese plate. Complete and in good order.

9.25" diam x 0.5".

 
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Price: 85.00


G &W Pairman Newcastle on Tyne Ceramic Scale Plate SP15



W&T Avery Ceramic Scale Plate SP14
W&T Avery Ceramic Scale Plate SP14
Original, quality 1920's white ceramic circular scale plate with transfer printed details "By Appointment to the Late King Edward VII, W&T. Avery Ltd" and with the Royal Coat of Arms. This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers, Grocers and on Dairy Counters. Ideal for a cheese plate. Complete and in good order.

8" diam x 0.5".

 
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Price: 125.00


JW Webb Birmingham Ceramic Scale Plate SP11
Original, quality late 19th century circular white ceramic scale plate, with transfer printed details to the centre for "J.W Webb & Co Justice Works Birmingham" and the figure holding up the scales of justice. This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers, Grocers and on Dairy Counters. Ideal for a cheese plate. This example is finely crazed back and front, otherwise complete and in good order.

8" diam x 0.25".

 
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Price: 75.00


JW Webb Birmingham Ceramic Scale Plate SP11



John Gilbert London Ceramic Scale Plate SP9
John Gilbert London Ceramic Scale Plate SP9
Original, quality late 19th century circular white ceramic scale plate, with transfer printed details to the centre for "John A. Gilbert & Co Makers London" and impressed Wedgwood to the edge for the manufacturer. This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers, Grocers and on Dairy Counters. Ideal for a cheese plate. No chips or cracks, but many small rust stains back and front, otherwise complete and in good order.

12.75" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 125.00


Huge 16" W&T Avery Ceramic Scale Plate SP7
Original, quality late 19th century huge 16" diam circular white ceramic scale plate, with transfer printed details to the centre for "W&T Avery Ltd Birmingham" scale maker. This was originally from a shop counter scale as used by Butchers, Grocers and on Dairy Counters. The largest scale plate we have seen, ideal for a cheese plate. Complete and in good order.

16" diam x 0.5".

 
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Price: 156.00


Huge 16



G. Rushbrook Ceramic Scale Plate SP2
G. Rushbrook Ceramic Scale Plate SP2
Original, quality, late 19th century, larger than average, white ceramic slab from a grocers' or butchers' shop counter scales. This very clean example is transfer printed to the topside with a 'Scale of Justice' design and a logo for the scale manufacturer 'G.Rushbrook, London and Birmingham'. The rear of the upstand is impressed for the manufacturer "Wedgwood" and "ACH". Some very minor stains and a couple of minor scatches to the edge, otherwise complete and in good order. A great looking slab ideal for a cheese board.

14.5" wide x 13.5" front to back.

2" tall at the rear and slab 0.5" thick.

 
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Price: 135.00

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