This old desk scale is called The Superior Postal Scale. It was made by the Triner Scale & Mfg. Co. of Chicago and was patented in 1904. The steel has what is commonly referred to as a tiger stripe finish. The metal was lightly copper plated and then oxidized or anodized leaving stripes of the copper showing through. It appears to weigh up to 4 pounds. The celluloid chart is broken down into five categories; Letters, Merchandise, Lbs. & Oz., Books & Cir., and Newspapers. All but the pound and ounce is calibrated by cost, for instance a package weighing ½ pound would have cost 18c to ship at the letter rate, 9c at merchandise, 5c at book and 2c at newspaper. Obviously the rates no longer apply but a half pound is still a half pound. It is not electronically accurate but it is pretty close.
The base measures about 4” at the widest part by 6 3/4” and it measures about 7 7/16” to the top lip of the tray. The tray for the letters measures about 2 3/4” by 4”. Overall it is in nice original condition with light wear. The finish is not real crisp and there is a little rust. There is a black mark through most of the “Merchandise” column, almost as though someone was trying to keep it from being used.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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