Weighing machine for infants including scales, cradle, and weights

1890-1910 in England
Henry Pooley and Son Limited

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Weighing machine for infants, consisting of red-painted cast iron scales with 4 weights and wicker cradle, weights inscribed Pooley and scales Mellins Food, English, 1890-1910

This weighing machine measured the weight of babies and infants. The child was placed in the wicker basket. Weights were added to the pan to make the balance level. The weights pictured here range from 2lb (just under 1kg) to 14lb (approximately 6.5kg). Babies are usually weighed regularly after they are born to monitor their growth.

The machine weights are made by Liverpool-based Henry Pooley and Sons Ltd. It was a company of mechanical engineers. It also made weighing machines for the railway industry. The base is inscribed with the words ‘Mellin’s Food’. This company made a milk modifier for feeding infants. It used these scales to promote its products.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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iron (cast) and wickerwork
counter scales
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • scales - weighing device
  • beamscale
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
Harrod, C.E.

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