Vintage Jaraso Weighing Machine Scale with. With folding mirror, cast Iron. Un-restored condition with its original mirror. Unique, functional, antique cast iron weighing scales, manufactured by "JARASO ". Fully working and fairly accurate.
On the scale's dial is the name "JARASO Personwaage". Vintage, German made, approximately 1910 - 1912. 7.87 (20 cm), Height approx. 11 (28 cm), Depth approx. 7.48 - (19 cm).
It was not until the beginning of the Twentieth century that someone thought of about a personal household scale on which to weigh oneself and it was the Germans who apparently first made such a scale. In 1910, the company registered the British Patent No.23493/1910 (see photo of the two advertisements depicted in the newspaper The Chemist and Druggist in 1912 and in 1922). See also pfoto of German advertisement. Subsequently, the scale has been patented in other countries such as the US and Italia in 1911. Those kinds of balances were used in medical offices, hospitals and of course, in households to meet the increasing demand accompanying the rise of mass consumption society. Almost totally made in cast-iron, the dial is calibrated from 0 to 125 kg with a mark every 500 grams. It has a small mirror suspended on chains to enable the user to read the dial. Meant to be stood on, and you would view the weight in the mirror. The text on the dial is written in German. Heavy - approximately 18 lbs.