Milk scales, the tool of choice for the county’s milk tester, proved a great tool in dairy efficiency
Milk testers used shiny brass milk scales like this Chatillon model. Its capacity is 30 pounds; its face measures 10-1/2 by 4-1/2 inches.
An early single-hand milk scale is marked Morton & Bremner’s Spring Balance Made By Thomas Morton. To weigh 30 lbs. by ounces. Each 10 lbs. is marked on the slide, the intermediate weights on the circle. The looped hook is usually found on earlier milk scales; this piece is marked with the year 1867.
John Chatillon & Sons made this round brass-face milk scale. The face measures 8 inches in diameter. By presetting the bucket weight with the red tare hand, milk weight can be determined in one weighing.
The most colorful milk scale in the author’s collection is this one advertising Ful-O-Pep Feeds. Pictured on its face are two fighting cocks. The letter “H” in a circle stamped into the tare hand designates that it was made by Hanson. The dial measures 8 inches in diameter.
The author’s favorite scale. It reads: Milkream, trademark registered, combination scale, to weigh 30 lbs. by ounces or tenths. Each 10 lbs. is marked on the slide. Manufactured for Better Farming Co., Union City, PA. by Landers, Frary & Clark. Pat. applied for.
Pelouze dairy scale with a round porcelain face on a rectangular steel case; 40-pound capacity by 1/10-pound.
This Chatillon milk scale has a round brass face on a blue enamel rectangular case; 40-pound capacity by 1/10-pound.
Sperry Suremilk. It reads: The better the feed, the better the profit. The bent corners on this piece are typical of vintage scales used to weigh milk in barns.
Purina used several advertising scales to promote its feeds. These feature the company’s familiar checkerboard. Cow Chow Makes More Milk at Less Cost. Spring Balance to weigh 30 Lbs. Don’t Guess: use this Purina Milk Scale.
Sargent & Co. improved spring balance scale with a glass-covered, brass-framed nickel-plated face; 30-pound capacity. The rectangular face is porcelain over steel.
Salter of England manufactured this 30-pound capacity milk scale with two scales. It was also available in a 60-pound capacity in the 1950s and has a brass face measuring 10-1/4 by 4-1/2 inches.
This scale advertises Beacon Feeds, a division of Beacon Milling Co., Cayuga, N.Y., from 1920-1960. Each scale is 60-pound capacity. The painted steel-case scale reads: Beacon Feeds Service. Top Dairymen feed Beacon. It was manufactured by Hanson Scale Co.
Purina used several advertising scales to promote its feeds. These feature the company’s familiar checkerboard. Purina Feed Saver and Cow Culler. The Purina program: Good Breeding. Sound Management. Careful Sanitation. Good Feeding. For Profitable Production. Capacity 60 lbs. by 1/10 lbs.
Chatillon probably made this scale, which measures 10-1/4 by 4-1/2 inches. Two advertising plaques are riveted onto a standard scale. The lead seal at upper left was put on by the manufacturer so that the scales could be certified by Weights & Measures departments.