Toy Toledo Scale, Model 728

Toy Toledo Scale, Model 728

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In the late nineteenth century, Allen DeVilbiss, Jr., of Toledo, Ohio, invented a new form of scale that lacked the usual springs in such instruments and included a printed table for computing the price of the object weighed, given the price per unit weight. DeVilbriss soon sold his patent rights and they passed to a firm run by Henry Theobold, a former employee of the National Cash Register Company. Under Theobold’s leadership, the Toledo Scale Company became a leading manufacturer of scales for industry, transportation, and stores. This is a small model of the Toledo Model 728, a computing scale used in retail stores during the 1930s.
The instrument has an iron frame painted red, a metal lever and indicator, and a paper multiplication table. The table gives multiples of 2 cents, 4 cents and 6 cents by 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Instead of a weighing pan, there is a circular ring about the size of a penny.
A mark on the front reads: TOLEDO. A mark on the back reads: NO (/) SPRINGS (/) HONEST (/) WEIGHT. A mark on the inside of the base reads: TS729.
For a much larger Toledo scale, with related references, see 2005.0100.140.
Online source suggest that toy Toledo scales were made and sold by the Kilgore Manufacturing Company of Westerville, Ohio.
Toledo Scale Company, Toledo Scales for Retail Stores, Toledo: Toledo Scale Company, 1934, Form A-1384.
Bob Terry, Honest Weight: The Story of Toledo Scale, XLibris Corporation, 2000.
The website, accessed July 18, 2017.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1935
Toledo Scale Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Toledo
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (table material)
overall: 10 cm x 10 cm x 3 cm; 3 15/16 in x 3 15/16 in x 1 3/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Edith R. Meggers
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