Arc Scale 1886 Patent L.R. Witherell Davenport Iowa RARE Victorian Trade Card


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circa 1880's - "The Arc Scale Mfg. Co."  /  "A. Gast Bank Note & Litho. Co. St. Louis & N.Y." 
Arc-Scale Manufacturing Company, Davenport, IowaResearch turned up very little, but I found a few items, re: Arc-Postage Rate Scale / Little Wonder Not much is known about this short-lived company?  I found only a couple ads for the startup firm from 1886 - 1887.   "Inventor:  L.R. Witherell - Stock Holders: Edward Russel, John N. Greer, and Henry B. Hartford. Most helpful was the United States Patent information, reprinted here:    
Application filed October 24, 1885. Serial No. 180,917 My invention has for its object a simple, durable, and easily-manufactured weighing apparatus adapted to the weighing of all articles in common use, whether in the family, the factory, or store, or on the farm. It has no weights to be lost or mislaid or delicate machinery to get out of order, while it is complete in itself, accurate and easily read, and always ready for use."   (I've included the  illustration found w/ Pat. info, from www) re: the scale itself.  I was able to research and confirm:"The Arc-Family Scale --- The delight of Every Housekeeper. Manufactured expressly by the ARC-SCALE COMPANY, DAVENPORT IOWA." The scale showed weights up to 10 pounds on one side, up to 4 pounds on the other side. The widest bottom edge it is 8" wide; it was approx. 6 3/4" tall (plus the hook and rings for approx. 10" total.The scale used a paper label on both sides, with two hanging rings to adjust the scale capacity.
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Condition:  - Displays with evidence of aging, flaws and wear, as seen in  HUGE  scans far above.   
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