Mid-Atlantic Scale Summit 2022

In anticipation of this year’s Mid-Atlantic Scale Summit, September 24 dawned as a glorious early autumn day in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Our hostess Mary K. welcomed Steve and Kathy B., Steve and Karen B., Kurt and Ann B., Dick and Elna H. and Mary Anne M. into her home for the day’s get-together. Although it was a smaller group this year, as several of our regulars were not able to come, those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the day with their fellow Scalies.

As people started filtering in, the collectors immediately went to the display table Mary had ready for them to start unpacking and setting up the things they brought to share. It was the perfect scenario for getting distracted from your own unpacking to start looking at what others had put on the table. This then led to discussions about the various items on display. Eventually, in spite of the intervening scale talk, all was ready to go and lunch was announced. As typical, the die-hards had to be reminded a couple of times and then practically dragged into the kitchen so lunch could get underway.

Mary’s Italian meatball and sausage crockpot stew was deliciously complemented by various sides and salads brought to share. Soon scrumptious desserts started to appear if by magic. The optional accompaniment of some vino helped it all go down in a most delightful way. It was then we were all fortified enough to head back to the display table to continue the discussions previously interrupted.

Steve B. 1 presented a small boxed German coin scale dating from the late 17th century by Friedrich Dauber of Nuremberg. It is identified by his master sign of FD above two facing doves stamped on the box lid and the triangular pan.

As an added bonus, Steve brought an early Day & Millward advertisement from a Birmingham [England] directory. This reminded Mary that she had a spring scale from the same manufacturer which she then brought out to show along with some information about the company. Photos were taken of the scale and sent to the authors for possible inclusion in an article on Day & Millward they are currently working on for Equilibrium.

Dick brought a bronze Roman steelyard and a multi-use tool which included a spring scale among its ten gadgets. Additionally, he used this occasion to donate a framed reproduction of a postcard showing a Howe trade scale to the ISASC Museum.

Kurt’s contributions for the day started with a cast iron base postal scale with Howard and Davis, Boston, stamped on one of its two brass beams. Following that one, he showed a W&T Avery steelyard scale with an air cylinder giving it the ability to reduce its resistance in order to dampen beam oscillations. This scale had other unusual features such as a two dimension leveling bubble and an over/under measurement range.

Steve B. 2 displayed a coin scale folder with interesting and informative labels inside. One label is signed by Wilkinson to attest that it is his design and manufacture. The same label states that Henry Bell, Lancashire, is the seller. The other label provides directions on how to use the scale. Making this an extremely rare folder are the 6 very small rectangular knobbed weights which are inserted into the wood case.

A lot of interest was generated by the other scales Steve showed—two Nolans, the smaller, more common chrome one familiar to most of us, but also a larger painted cast iron one that nobody remembered seeing before. Steve had copies of the patent for each of the two scales both having the same patent date of May 21, 1889.

As the afternoon wore on, and everyone had munched down as many crackers and cheese as they could, the discussion of scales wound down. Then it was time to pack up and head home. We said our good-byes and made plans to see each other again at the convention next May in Washington, DC.