An Antique Balance Scale in the Kitchen
I’ve mentioned it a few dozens around here, but I’m just going to go ahead and say it again: I LOVE old scales. I don’t know what it is about them that draws me in so much, but my obsession is real. I love finding them in antique stores, thrift stores, yard sales, Craigslist, etc. And I don’t think I’ve ever come across two of the same scale. They’re all different and unique in their own special way. And there are literally hundreds of different kinds of scales. Really! I know this because as I write this post I am also looking at the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors website. Yes, this is a thing and yes, I am a total nerd. But did you know scales are classified by their purpose? You’ve got your trade scales, your agricultural scales, your apothecary scales, your postal scales, etc. The list goes on and on! It’s kind of fascinating to see the history of scales and how they’ve evolved over time. Anyway, the point of today’s post is not to bore you on the history of scales, but to show you the gorgeous antique scale I found for a total bargain earlier this week. I’ve been hunting for one like this for quite a while, so I’m excited to just share my find with you guys today!
Isn’t she a beauty!? I found this at one of my favorite thrift shops in town for $48. FORTHY-EIGHT DOLLARS! If you know anything about scales you know that is a heck of a deal. It was like the bargain of the century. Seriously, I found a very similar one here on Etsy for $250.
I’ve done some research and I think this is a vintage Detecto balance scale that was commonly used in bakeries. Although I’m not 100% positive because there are no markings or writing on it. But this thing is cast iron and it’s SO heavy. I’d say it weighs at least twenty pounds, maybe more. I also think it may have been painted white at some point, which worked out nicely for me!
I’ve been on an antiquing binge lately where all I want to do is go looking for treasures. Do you ever go through phases like that? I know many of you love antiques as much as I do, so you probably understand how addicting it can be. And it’s so much fun to come across a good deal like this, especially when you least expect it. Right now I’m planning to leave this scale in the kitchen, but if I’m being honest I think we all know it will be moved around a gazillion times. Oh and I also found that cute primitive stool in front of the sink this week too! It’s all marked up and covered in little scratches and dents, but I love the character it has. Plus it’s the perfect size for the kids.
Well I hope you enjoyed seeing my new antique scale! I’m so excited to add this beauty to my collection. And now I want to find one of those cute little postal scales! Anyway, thanks for stoping in today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. xo