This is an American Family Scale made by American Cutlery from Chicago.
“Patent number 612968 was issued to Marius Hansen on October 25, 1898. Marius was the president and founder of Hanson Brothers Scale Company which was in Chicago. American Cutlery was a large customer of Hansen and as such purchased the rights to put their name on the scales. These types of scales were known as family scales and are quite common on the marketplace as every housekeeper in the late 1800s and early 1900s had one. Retail value might be from $20-$50 depending upon condition.”
I wouldn’t consider this one in good condition; here is a picture of what it should look like. Still, they seem to be asking $75 for this one… seems to still work well as it weighed this rock seemingly accurately.
The rock that I put on the scale is Jasper… and now I wish I had snapped a pic of its official name — it was so obvious, I didn’t think I’d forget it. Well, I’ll go back next week and update this entry.
Anyway, I thought the rock complimented the colors of the scale nicely.
The photo was post- processed in Aperture… I the auto enhance preset to and then dodged in more contrast on the scale face… as that is the point of the photo. I then cropped to put the rock in better balance with the scale.