Vintage Kitchen Scale

Q: Hi Michelle, we found this vintage scale at my mom’s house. Can you please tell me something about it and what it is worth? Thank you.

A:  The company had a rich and varied history with a primary focus on manufacturing weight scales. They also perfected and introduced the spring balance scale. The company also manufactured high quality cutlery and military knives between 1900 and the late 1950s, including “Foster Brothers” cutlery, once one of the world’s foremost names in professional cutlery for chefs and the meat-cutting trade.

Your vintage kitchen scale will weigh up to five pounds and is in pretty good condition. It still retains the original paint with some loss around the dial. The lettering and numbers are still bold and readable.

The John Chatillon & Sons five-pound kitchen scale dates circa 1920. Scales in good condition are very collectible and yours has a resale value of $40-$45.

** All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawn shop prices are about ½ or less of resale value.

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Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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  1. Michele Gillman

    Hi Michelle, I have an old metal urinal that is still in the original box from Jones Zylon, Inc I was wondering if you could tell me something about it and is it worth anything. It is a gleaming white porcelain enamel. Thank you, Mchele

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