This early "Jiffy-Way" egg scale is in exceptional condition, in dark green original paint, complete with its original labeling and even the cotter key leveling device. It would be perfect to display in a group of vintage kitchen collectibles -- or if you have your own chickens, go right ahead and use it to size grade your eggs! It is as fully functional today as it was when it was made. (See below - we'll explain how to use it!)
The green color is a bit scarce - most of the Jiffy-Way egg scales we've seen have been red. We could not find much about the company's history, but this model scale was patented in 1940 by a man named Benjamin Zimmer.
CONDITION: Amazing !! Possibly new old stock, there is almost no age wear or damage on the brightly colored labeling. The scale mechanism works smoothly and freely. The aluminum pan and arm have some surface "grunge" from age. There is some very slightest paint wear in a couple of places. The only issue we can find is some very slightest, surface-only rust on the round balance on the back. See our last picture!
This scale dates from the days when farmers raised chickens and produced eggs on individual farms, which lasted into the 1950s. Collecting and cleaning the eggs, then weighing them and packaging them for sale was a great job for a farm wife and children, while the men of the family did the heavy work outdoors. Those small operations disappeared when the huge, commercialized production facilities took over and mechanization replaced hand work.
TO USE: Place the scale on a flat surface. Look at the dangling silver cotter pin and make sure it is straight up and down. If it "leans" one way or the other, you must raise one end of the scale until the pin is straight up and down. Place your egg on the little pan. The red pointer will show the weight of the egg. Our egg in the picture weighs just over 2-1/4 ounces (the red figure). A full dozen of them would weigh 28 ounces (the green figure). The package should be labeled "Extra Large" to denote size.
These size designations have not been revised and are used in egg production today, so you can go right ahead and check the eggs you buy or may be selling from a home flock.
A lesser known fact about eggs is that their shells are porous and they "breathe," losing a slight amount of weight over time. To accommodate the weight loss from the time they leave the hen house until they reach a customer's refrigerator, an honest farmer will try to pack eggs closer to the maximum weight for the labeled size, so even if they "shrink" slightly they will still be what is stated on the carton.
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