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Antique Cotton Tobacco Pea Beam Scale with Weight - $50 (King George, VA)

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Antique balancing beam scale. All metal construction.
This type of scale was used extensively to measure the cotton picked by pickers in the fields of the South in the bygone era. The scale was suspended by the small central hooks. The bag with the cotton was hung on the large curved end. The weight (pea) was moved along the beam until it balanced horizontally. The weight was read in a scale imprinted on the beam. This scale shows evidence of rust but has been cleaned up. See photos. The pea weighs about 4 lbs. Approximately 33 inches long. This type of scale could also be used to measure other goods such as tobacco or feed. Nice bit of nostalgia.

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