Michigan Get-Together 2023

ISASC Michigan Get-Together 2023-1September 23rd was a beautiful day in Midland when we met at the home of Gregg and Amy for the 2023 Michigan Get-Together. In fact, the beautiful weather was around for several days prior as several of us, including Fred, Pam, Aviva and Allan, arrived before the official meeting to do a little antiquing in the area. Yes, Fred and I found a few scales to purchase. We also spent some time at the Midland Antique Fair on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. That was a little disappointing, as none of us found any scales to take home.

Saturday afternoon fifteen of us gathered for our annual meeting. This gathering has a long history as it started back in 1998 making this the twenty-fifth year for the Michigan Get-Together.

After spending some time looking at the hosts’ extensive collection of scales, weights and measures, we headed to the kitchen for the buffet lunch. The highlight was Amy’s homemade corned beef. Between the main dish and all the sides that everyone else brought there was no chance of going hungry. The gorgeous weather was the incentive for most of us to eat outside on the patio.

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Fred started our Show & Tell by displaying a baby scale that came in a wooden box. All he knew about it was written on a piece of paper that came with the scale. The note read “Doctor’s baby scale by Sharp & Smith 155-157 N. Michigan Blvd. Chicago. Nickel plated unequal arm balance with telescoping poise and ring outer poise. 0-21 pounds by 1/4 oz. Packed in wood box with thin black leather covering.”

Gregg showed a picture of a box of “pieces” he purchased on eBay for $3 with the claim they could be transformed into a scale. The pieces did indeed assemble into a High Precision Diamond Balance mounted on top of the wood carry case. The scale is solid brass, has nickel plated cups and a unique pendulous beam hanger and pointer that enables it to be properly balanced on an uneven surface. The scale was made circa 1914 in Posen, Kingdom of Prussia, now Germany. Claus Borgelt, editor of Maß und Gewicht, the quarterly publication of the German Scale Society, told Gregg this is a very rare scale that he has never seen before.

Next up was Greg. He had a Marcy Pulp Density scale to share. What, you ask, is a pulp density scale? Same question I asked. As Greg explained, to get material out of a mine they make a slurry and pump it out. That slurry is called “pulp.” The scale has specific gravity tables on the dial that can be changed based on the material being mined.

As Aviva and I had to leave early, I can’t tell you what happened later in the afternoon. I can only assume there was more scale talk and eventually everyone left headed for home. Thanks to Gregg and Amy for hosting a wonderful gathering. I hope to see even more members at next year’s meeting in Waterford, Michigan.


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