Still loving the rusty old kitchen scales, featuring those wonderfully reliable imperial measures.
These pieces are like artwork. I don’t need art. I have these old pieces.
Rusty. This rather heavy old scale (Model 714) made by Persinware, an Australian brand/trademark, weighs up to 14 lbs (about 6 kgs). Yes, pre-metric measures.
What kitchen in Australia, say around the 1930s-1960s, didn’t have a set of these indispensible squat look Persinware scales featuring the imperial measures?
These kinds of scales were made of steel or iron & enameled. You can see above the weighing mechanism is in a rectangular steel housing behind the round front face from which protrudes, at the top, a piece on which the base for weighing the metal tray/dish is affixed. At the rear you can see where the weight adjustment screw is located (to adjust for the weight of the bowl) via the green arrow.
Of course, parts go missing on these older, more battered, kitchen items as in this case where the round metal weighing dish has long since gone as has the measuring needle. I simply place a small crockery side-plate on top. I must look out for a dish & measuring needle to complete the scale which still moves well when an item is placed on the tray.
Pre-loved, pre-used then discarded. Perhaps it was the new, more modern, kitchen scales that came onto the market relegating this beauty to a life abandoned to the elements.
Or perhaps it was the replicas or reproductions made by Persinware starting maybe in the 1960s. They made scales exactly the same as this metal one but changed to metric/kilogram measures & made the trays/bowls from plastic. Some, especially the early reproductions, had the metric measures alongside the imperial. Metric was introduced in Australia in or around the late 60s early 70s.
Kitchen items that are what they are.
Culinary items with a history, a story, only they can reveal . . .