Vintage Egg Scales - Chicken Collectible
Mechanical egg scales have been used by farmers for more than 50 years to weigh their eggs for grading.
Small, medium, large and extra large egg grades are based on weight.
If you've ever seen farm-fresh eggs produced by hens from a small farm or backyard chicken flock, you'll have seen that size and shape varies quite a bit. Egg scales make quick work of grading eggs for sale, or to use for cooking when size matters.
Vintage models by Jiffy and other makers can be found in the marketplace. New ones are available, too. At our house, we have grandpa's old one. And we use it, too!
Photos by kimbesa
Vintage Egg Scale Close Up
Egg Scale Shows The Size
Mechanical Egg Scales - Simple and Sturdy
This type of scale is old school. It uses a counterweight on the back to balance when an egg is placed in the holder.
That allows the arm to move and stop in the right range for the size of the egg.
These scales were portable and sturdy to hold up to daily use around the hen house.
Check out the photos to see the front and back of the scale, as it measures a hefty extra large egg.
When you're choosing a vintage egg scale, look for these things:
- Smooth motion of the weighing arm, no snags or drags along the rest of the scale.
- Low rust, and not too much damage to the decals, especially the weights.
- Heavy for its size. The old ones were made to last.
- Check with a real egg of known size, if you're planning to use your scale to weigh eggs.
Egg Scale Front and Back
Ever Seen An Egg Scale?
More Chicken Collectibles
To enhance your egg or chicken collection, there are other items that complement pieces used or inspired by life on the farm:
- Small figures of chickens, hens or roosters
- Wire egg baskets used to gather eggs
- Egg cups used to serve soft-boiled eggs
- Salt and pepper shakers in all shapes and sizes
- Egg-motif accessories of all kinds, including linens and clocks
An egg scale can be just the start of a menagerie of interesting pieces for a unique and conversation-starting collection that will look great on your mantel, curio shelf or Hoosier cabinet.
Do You Collect Anything Vintage? - Do Egg Scales Interest You?
anonymous on June 13, 2013:
How very cool, you brought back memories of a farm I used to visit and they would let me way the eggs with a scale after helping gather them...not all hens give up there eggs easy. I've had a few collections along the way that I ended up selling. Delightfully done! :)
kimbesa (author) from USA on May 28, 2013:
@DebMartin: I know what you mean about clutter. I'm weak when it comes to chicken stuff, dishes and stuff I like. Basically anything can end up here. We don't use our scales, because we eat our eggs (vs. sell them). But if you like all things chicken, these are cool, and they don't take up much space. (Nothing else had to go when we got the second scale.)
DebMartin on May 28, 2013:
I'm not much of a collector, liking to keep things around my home cleared out. But there's something about chickens and eggs that calls to me and I love to see all the gadgets. I've never seen these scales before. Fun.
anonymous on April 01, 2013:
This is the first time I've heard of egg scales:). Interesting and cute. Thank you for sharing.
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on February 06, 2013:
I collect many many things vintage. Love vintage. Thanks for showing me the egg scales.
Dusty2 LM on January 28, 2013:
WoW! This brings back many memories. I wish I had a nickel for every hour I spent weighing eggs using one of these scales. I could have been rich! If I had known these would become collectible I would have kept my G-parent's egg scale because it was in excellent shape and condition. Oh well! Thank you for sharing this lens. (^_^)
Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on January 05, 2013:
I'm always looking for milk glass at thrift shops. Can't hardly get enough. :)
Wanda Fitzgerald from Central Florida on September 25, 2012:
I collect too many things vintage. If I wasn't worried about becoming a hoarder I might look into egg scales.