Posted 11 years ago
This truly unique piece was handed down to me. I just think it's so neat. It has tentatively been identified as a truck scale or cattle scale. Unfortunately, I have had a hard time finding out much about it. I think I remember being told that it was taken off a farm and was sold/purchased at an auction, which is how my family members got ahold of it. It is in really good condition, although all I have is the superstructure. Of course, the platform and linkage to the scale is missing. In its prime working condition, I think it weighed up to 6,000 lbs. I have searched the internet and can not find much of anything about the Fairbanks/Moline connection but possibly started by one of the Fairbanks brothers, estimated to be approximately around the 1900's.
Here is the information:
Size: Width: 46", Depth: 12", Height: 58"
Manufacturer Name: E and T Fairbanks and Co.
Factory No. 2
East Moline, IL No. 51606 (stamped on a brass plate)
There was no patent number on it.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who knows anything about these things or the Fairbanks/Moline connection.