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Sale 5095

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Stamps and Postal History
Featuring Stearns Postal Memorabilia


The William Stearns Collection of Postal Scales and Affiliated Memorabilia




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Lot 7001
Brass Balance Scale, pan 3" x 3¾"; three brass weights on brass structure; 4-ounce engraved arm; Young Atom (WMT Avery, Ltd).
Suggested Bid $120
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Lot 7002
Art Deco Brass Scale, pan 3" x 3¾"; wood platform; Y.A. initials (Young Atom registered trademark from Austrailia); three weights: 2, 3, and 4 ounces; 1920s; excellent condition.
Suggested Bid $110
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Lot 7003
Maul, track marks on arm; bi-lateral principle; 8" tall; green base and brass arms.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 7004
Canadian Postal Scale, Fairbanks, Made in Canada with raised letters CPO on base, plus the Kings Cross-Canadian label; silver lead tag next to label reading 1952; rail marked 40577, weight 55 lbs, weighing beam is 12" X 10" and edges are curved upward; weighed letters and packages; pan a bit worn; black.
Suggested Bid $250
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Lot 7005
Brass Postal Scale and Stamp Box, The weight arm is marked Déposé on French quadrant scale (see Stein's Scale Catalog, pg. 13: 13" high x 4" wide x 3¾" deep); capacity 4 oz; made in 20th century; Very Fine condition; three compartments in stamp box, hard to find and rare, .
Suggested Bid $500
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Lot 7006
Letter Balance Scale 1930s, brass pendulum type; weighs to 12 ounces; marked "ND Depose"; Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $90
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Lot 7007
German Letter Postal Scale, 7" wide, 9" high; decorated in the shape of a mythological creature (women's head and breast, lion's body curving up to tail); a specialty addition to the sacred design (see steinscales.com, #361 and #143); curved porcelain face; double calibrated in ounces (U.S. oz 0-9; around 1910, rare and limited edition).
Suggested Bid $900
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Lot 7008
German Pendulum Scale, bilateral, 6"; Oesterreich patent # 25487; cast iron base; signed Columbus; 2 arms, calibrated weighing apparatus in grams (310 total) DRP 1671 and 184690.
Suggested Bid $350
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Lot 7009
German Letter and Small Book Postal Scale, with 1000-gram enamelled weight indicator at left, curving down to right, mounted on a curved iron frame in black.
Suggested Bid $225
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Lot 7010
German Letter Postal Scale, 6" wide x 8¾" tall; the black iron frame brings together the essentials of a letter scale: curving down to the right is the 250-gram white enamelled weight indicator; perpendicular to the bottom of the weight indicator is the brass weight pointer (ball on circle), connected by brass arm to the weighing pan (3½").
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 7011
German Letter Postal Scale (6½" wide, 8 5/8" tall); brass and iron frame with pendulum (brass) Correx manufacturer in black, from 0-250 grams; very light edge chipping at top left; cream color design is very symetrical; brass weight with red pointer is balanced by connecting and balancing weight for accuracy; arm is connected to pointer for accuracy of grams; very well done.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 7012
Brass England Spring Scale, ca. 1850, 7"-long candlestick design with added brass plate calculator in ounces (0-4) and pence (1-8); scalloped and head design on base and slightly above in raised letters manufactured by Josh and Ed Ratcliff.
Suggested Bid $500
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Lot 7013
English Balance Scale, S. Mordon & Co; all-brass structure on period wood base 9¾" x 5¾" x 3" on four wooden feet; six nested weights, pillar plates with brass beam; excellent condition.
Suggested Bid $400
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Lot 7014
Brass English Spring Scale (1845-1858), 7¼" cylindrical pillar candlestick in oz pence with plate for 1851 U.S. postal rates, July 1855. Symbolic base for railroads; probably made by P.W. Wenfield, Birmingham, England.
Suggested Bid $400
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Lot 7015
Salters Postal Parcel Balance, British made, 11 oz by pan; brass 9" X 7" adjustable pointer; black cast iron, brass plate reading "H Pooley and Son, Contractors, LMSR 8409, Liverpool, England", the largest manufacturer of weighing machine apparatuses at the time (1800s); supurb condition (1871-1897); white enamel face.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 7016
Salter Letter Scale made in Liverpool, England, #1 white, bronze finish; 3½" brass pan; adjustable pointer in black; 0-24 pounds with black numbers; English mailing postage (1871-1877); cast iron.
Suggested Bid $130
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Lot 7017
Inland Parcel Post Scale, weighs up to 7 pounds; late 1800s; brass.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 7018
British Mail Bag Lock, bronze; crown and letters at bottom of lock.
Suggested Bid $50
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Lot 7019
Japanese Balance Scale, aluminium; made in Japan by Haverhills; up to 3.5 oz.
Suggested Bid $40
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Lot 7020
Howe's Postal Scale, Trademark label on front insignia badge; pan marking reads Howe's Design patented June 18, 1867; pan support in raised letters reads Howes Scale Co. Rutland, VT and 703 brass arm reads Howe; base Japanned and Oriental Group decoration; brass arm reads 12 oz, pan (3½" x 4 7/8"); brand new.
Suggested Bid $450
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Lot 7021
USPO Post Office Balance Scale Co, Began in 1923 when E+T Fairbanks built foundry in St Johnsbury, VT area; proceeded to get a company bought by H. Dove's company early 19th century. Name stamped on arm of scale, raised letters U.S.P.O. adopted by government; excellent condition.
Suggested Bid $450
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Lot 7022
Gilfillans Postal Scale, advertising "The Cleveland Varnish Co" Cleveland, Ohio; adjustable pointer pan (2 5/8 X 2 5/8 curve) with 2" overlap; high grade varnishes with symbol for letters, books, papers; 1851; Pelouze Mfg. Co.; partial numbers missing on left side, scarce, .
Suggested Bid $400
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Lot 7023
Reclaimed Postal Scale- Triner Scale, Chicago Illinois, metal spring scale; painted black; built in drawers.
Suggested Bid $300
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Lot 7024
Fairbanks Express Package Scale, small platform scale, capacity 55 lbs; extra weights on side increase capacity to 60 1/2 lbs; small platform, green; available in 1906; brass arm and poise; weighs about 100 lbs; excellent condition.
Suggested Bid $300
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Lot 7025
Fairbanks and Co, double brass beams and arm, weighs 1-9 lbs; pan (10 1/2" X 11 3/4" X 2"); base black with raised letters.
Suggested Bid $250
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Lot 7026
Howe Postal Scale, 7" X 8"; Howe label on rear and the name Howe is centered in raised letters; brass; arm and pan weighs up to 4 lbs; black.
Suggested Bid $250
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Lot 7027
Railway Express Agency Package Scale, black with four legs, 60-pound limit; manufactured by Jacob Bros., Brooklyn, NY; Howe Patent Scale, 1870, #365; 18" long, 6" wide, pan 10" x 10"; with red diamond weight indicator; brass; slight wear and a few small chips.
Suggested Bid $250
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Lot 7028
Foyer Postal Scale, Chicago, Illinois, brass pan (4") and brass arm, computer foreign, letters, books, newspapers, circulars and merchandise; made by The American Bank Service Co; black.
Suggested Bid $250
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Lot 7029
Fairbanks Postal Scale, color logo "FAIRBANKS" in raised letters; pan (5 1/8" X 7") brass arm, computers, letters.
Suggested Bid $225
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Lot 7030
Weis Postal Scale, Monroe, Mich, USA, brass pan (6" X 6") and arm; letters up to 32 oz; newspapers books and merchendise on brass arm and brass pan; computes to seperate rates; black.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 7031
Fairbanks Postal Scale, brass pan (8" X 6 7/8") and arm; 1906; extended foot for stability; Jappaning; light wear.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 7032
Pendulum, bi-lateral principle; unmarked (6¼" high x 4" wide x 3¼" deep); black base and brass apparatus similar to Maul; made for US ounces; marking 0-8 lbs on arm; plate octagonal; floral decoration.
Suggested Bid $200
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Lot 7033
Fairbanks Postal Scale, raised name on back; 5½' x 7" pan, brass arm; weighs up to "34".
Suggested Bid $190
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Lot 7034
Fairbanks Postal Scale, Property of USPO Dept., pan 7¼" x 8"; brass arm length 16¼" long; base 7" x 4"; weighs up to 4 lbs.
Suggested Bid $170
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Lot 7035
Fairbanks Postal Scale, color logo FAIRBANKS on the side; brass pan 7" x 8" and arm (weighing up to 4 oz.); black; excellent condition.
Suggested Bid $170
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Lot 7036
Fairbanks Parcel Post Scale, brass pan (7" x 8") and arm, 4-pound limit; raised and colored company name on the front bottom; excellent condition.
Suggested Bid $160
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Lot 7037
Fairbanks Postal Scale, 1897, raised company name; brass pan (3" x 3¾") and arm up to 8 oz; rotating computer to weigh merchandise, newspapers, and periodicals.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 7038
Fairbanks and Co Scale, 4¼" x 7¾"; raised letters on base reading "Property of U.S.P.O. Fairbanks"; pan 7" x 8"; black iron base with striped decoration; brass arm; 1920s.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 7039
Standard Postal Scale, Pelouze MFG Co, Chicago, 6" x 5" platform (pan) and arm (rotating) to compute letters, air mail, newspapers, books, and merchandise, as well as foreign letters to Canada, Central America, and Cuba; weighs up to 2 pounds; black with wear from handling in the Post Office; scarce.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 7040
Vintage Brass Gold Measuring Scale, 9¾" x 5½" x 1¼"' box covered in dark red velour; contents: eight gram brass units (each 2 gram to 5 gram), six aluminium, plastic container, two brass scales, two chains, and a pole for scales.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 7041
Howe Scale Co, Rutland, VT, in orange, with brass pan (3" x 4") and arm; neck has Howe badge label; weighs up to 9 pounds.
Suggested Bid $150
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Lot 7042
Pendulum Hanging Scale, 6 1/8" long; ring at top, arrow-shaped pointer; calibrated in ounces.
Suggested Bid $140
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Lot 7043
J Chatillion and Sons Patented Postal Balance Scale, black with two floral designs on sides; pan 7 1/8" x 7¼"; scales for letters, merchandise, books and papers; 3-pound capacity; adjustable indicator; 9½" high, 7 1/8" wide, 7¼" deep; patented 1893.
Suggested Bid $130
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Lot 7044
Hanson US Parcel Post Scale model 1515, in black; capacity 50 pounds; Northbrook Illionois, Oct. 1, 1953; excellent condition; red numerals on dial indicated amount of postage.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 7045
Pelouze Scale and MFG Co, Chicago Illinois, patent pending; it appears that this scale was never used in a business; for merchandise, letters, books, and papers; 3 3/8" wide, 5¼" high, 3¾" deep; new.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 7046
Triner Scale, MFG Coy, Chicago Illinois, 1873, a precision US First Class mail postal scale in black, measuring 3½ ounces to 4 pounds; used for newspapers, books, merchandise, catalogues and circulars; Very Fine condition.
Suggested Bid $100
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Lot 7047
Chatillon's Letter Balance Scale, late 1800s; brass; weighs up to 4 ounces; 207 x 62 x 10 mm.
Suggested Bid $90
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Lot 7048
Scarce Celluloid Advertising Postal Scale, no name or markings; 5¢-per-ounce letter rate and 16-ounce capacity; 5" high; 1940.
Suggested Bid $80
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Lot 7049
Postmaster Postal Scale, shows 1930s postage and airmail rates; circular body; 108 x 13 mm.
Suggested Bid $80
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Lot 7050
US Parcel Post Scale, 9" x 6½" x 6½"; made by Hanson Bros, Chicago, U.S.A.; patented 1984; red figure indicates amount of postage.
Suggested Bid $75
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Lot 7051
Triner Scale Manufacturing Company, Chichago, Illinois, USA, hanging black scale; 6" diameter; used for weighing bags at U.S.P.O. up to 20 pounds; partial water damage to scale readability, but overall good condition.
Suggested Bid $75
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Lot 7052
Family Letter Scale, 4 5/8" x 2¾"; brass; hanging; long with wire chip; circular dial, callibrated in cents.
Suggested Bid $70
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Lot 7053
Postal Scale by Landers, Frary and Clark, New Britain Conn, slight rust and spots.
Suggested Bid $50
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Lot 7054
Triner Scale and Manufaturing Co, Chicago IL, 1975 Model AA-4; chrome arm with Air Mail, Parcel Post.
Suggested Bid $50
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Lot 7055
Desk Letter Postal Scale, 2 7/8" x 3"; 6¢ Airmail letter rate (1930s); Thompson Eng & Mfg Co, Chicago Illinois.
Suggested Bid $45
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Lot 7056
U.S. Salters Letter Balance Scale, brass; for items up to 2 ounces.
Suggested Bid $40
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Lot 7057
Presto Letter Scale, Metal Spec Manufacturing Co Chicago; information stamped on bottom of steel scale; First Class letter rate is 3¢ per ounce; scale has 5-ounce capacity; slight damage.
Suggested Bid $40
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Lot 7058
Parker's Postal Scale, pat. May 10, '80; weighs up to 8 pounds.
Suggested Bid $34
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Lot 7059
Scale Catechism, 19-page booklet from Fairbanks and Co, St. Johnsbury, VT; excellent.
Suggested Bid $100
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