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Platform Scale
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Title: Platform Scale
Identifier: 995.8.1 a-b
Donor: Beth Southcott
Item Date: 1890
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A platform scale with related parts. The base of the scale (a) has a cast iron arm, which is used as a ruler. On both sides of the ruler is engraved 'The T Eaton Co Limited Toronto and Winnipeg'. The top of the ruler is ridged to keep the weight from sliding. '103000' is stamped on the handle and '25 lbs' is stamped on the side. There are four arms curved upwards from the main part of the scale to support the pan. The pan (b) is oval-shaped with a metal seam running width wise. The tin is painted with aluminum. The numbers '10800' are stamped into one end of the pan. The weight for the platform scale (c) is puck-shaped with a device to hang on the scale. There is raised lettering '2 lb' and '4oz' also on the weight. On the back are cylindrical holes. One of the holes that have been filled in has '6' and a hallmark stamped on it. The other weight (d) is similar in shape with the lettering '4 lb' '8oz' on the front. It also has a '6' and a hallmark stamped on the one of the holes that has been filled in. The third weight (e) is similar in shape but has '8lb' on it and '6' on one of the holes that have been filled in. The fourth weight (f) is also shaped like the others and has '8lb' in raised lettering on it. There is a '6' on the part where the hole is filled in. The suspension device (g) is a cast iron with a hook on one end and a circular platform on the bottom end. Attached to the bottom of the platform is a semi-spherical bowl. It is attached by a screw at the centre of the bottom.

The platform scale and related parts are from Timothy Eaton Co., 1890. According to Linda Campbell Franklin's "America in the Summer Kitchen: From Hearth to Cookstove" (1976), 188, "the thrifty housewife had scales so that she could check the grocers' measures, and also because many recipes were measured in pounds or parts thereof." The platform scale had two platforms and a set of weights. The food would be placed on one of the platforms, or pan.
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