I know I can't be the only one that gets giddy when I see an old scale at an estate sale?!?!
The decorating possibilities start swirling in my head...stacking books, surrounding it with other vintage items to create a French Country look...OR for Christmas, piling my DIY coal for a little razzle dazzle. I may even threaten the children with it (I currently have an Amazon and Target catalog with a million circles around EVERY toy). I will now be showing them my pile of coal when they get sassy.
While it is currently perfect for home decor...do you ever wonder the story behind it and company who made it?
This scale was made in 1907 by Landers, Frary & Clark. That's right, over 100 years old!
Landers, Frary & Clark was a housewares company based in New Britian, Conn. It operated from 1865 until its assets were sold to the General Electric company in 1965.
They manufactured a wide variety of products over the years, including stainless steel bull-nose rings and electric ranges, kitchen scales and vacuum bottles, window hardware and ice skates, mouse traps and percolators, can openers, corkscrews, cutlery, straight razors, aluminum cookware, and thousands of other products. Quite an ASSORTMENT!
Some of the non-electric kitchenware assets were acquired from G.E. in 1984 by Universal Housewares, Inc./Universal Trading, Inc., who still market "Universal" meat grinders and coffee mills.
Check out how Edith just couldn't live without her Meat Grinder! Oh the HORROR!