Q&A on collecting
Scale weighs in as family heirloom
Q: My great-grandfather was a shopkeeper, and he purchased the Dodge scale seen in this picture July 16, 1918, for $230.
He used it to weight fruits and vegetables.
The bin and some of the parts are copper. It has a marble shelf that is supported by a metal base. The scale is about 22 inches long and 13 inches high. It can weigh up to 20 pounds. The scale is in perfect condition, plus I have the original directions book and purchase receipt. My family has lived in Pennsylvania for generations, and I have found the Pennsylvania Dutch are meticulous in their bookkeeping! To me, the scale is a lovely decorative piece and a cherished family heirloom. I hope it will be as precious to my children as it is to me. Perhaps you can tell us more about its history.
A: Your countertop Micrometer Scale was made by Dodge Manufacturing, which was located in Yonkers, New York, in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Your scale is circa 1903 and is prized by collectors. It would probably be worth $800 to $1,200.
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