Antique Salter Pocket Balance No.3 112 lbs Weight
This is an original Antique Salter Pocket Balance No.3 112 lbs Weight. It is made out of metal with a brass face. The back of the Spring balance is covered by a green coated metal.
The scale is calibrated in lbs up to a maximum of 112 lbs (approximately 50.8Kg). I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it does appear to work!
It is quite large at approx. 24 cms long (not including the ring and hook), and was Made in England after 1890.
In good used condition but with surface scuffs and scratches. The ring and hook are quite rusty but I haven’t been tempted to polish them as some people prefer the ‘rusty’ look.
Spring balances were used from the early 18th Century as they were easy to use with no need to balance the goods. They were quickly adopted by the service industry including the postal service, fishing, farming, groceries/ fruit shops, butchers, and custom/ excise. In fact, for weighing all sorts of large and unwieldy objects.
This Salter pocket balance would make a great addition to a collection of weights and measures, as a display item at home/ the office or even for Garden flower hanging baskets.
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Some Trivia For You.
Salter was established in the 1760s in Bilston, England, by Richard Salter. Salter was a spring maker by trade and is credited with inventing the first Spring Scales in the UK. He called them pocket steelyards.
George Salter, Richard’s nephew, took over the company in 1825. George Salter & Co. established a larger manufacturing site in West Bromich.
The Salter trademark, a Staffordshire knot pierced by an arrow, was registered in 1884 and used on all balances. Workers from the Salter factory founded a football team in 1878 called the West Bromich Strollers, renamed as West Bromich Albion in 1880.
They initially adopted the Salter’s logo for use on their football shirts. This is thought to be the first use of advertising on football (soccer) shirts!
Albion were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888.