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Antique Computing Scale
???used by Pepsi-Cola???, c. 1905-06
Validation for this claim... Refer to the Plate Glass Tray with the 1st revision to the ORIGINAL Pepsi-Cola Logo.
Below is a brief accounting of the early history of Pepsi-Cola. These are excerpts from Wikipedia. The time and date of production for this scale is very consistent with the history and operational procedures of "Brad's Drink" conversion to Pepsi-Cola from 1893 through 1909.
PLEASE BE ADVISED... WE HAVE BRAND NEW INFORMATION ON THIS SCALE (9:20 AM, Fri, Feb 4). PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU offer.
Dear 13holdon48,We appreciate your desire to tell your buyers everything about the scale.
Vintage Cash Register and Scale Company purchased the 1920’s Dayton
Computing Scale (see DISPUTE below) from a swap meet, in original but in beat up condition.
We know the scale was made in the 1920’s because anything older would
have fancy scrolled window bezels and would be of solid brass. The dates
shown on the scale are patent dates.
The “Dayton” was restored
by The Vintage Cash Register and Scale Co, paint, platting, etc., and it
was pinstriped by Larry Gloege in Van Nuys CA. with the word "Pepsi",
he is now in Boulder City Nv. The purchased glass tray was sand blasted
to our specifications with the name "Pepsi" by a company in Oxnard
California.- Massie -
The Vintage Cash Register and Scale Co.
DISPUTED DATE OF SCALE... 1891 thru 1914 (Computing Scale Company)... in 1911 CSC merged with International Time Recording Co.(ITRco.)... therefore, in 1911-1914 CSC and ITR machines became Computing Tabulating Recording Co. (CTRco.)..... therefore the date of 1920 is incorrect as CSC no longer existed in the 20's.
13holdon48WE RECOGNIZE THIS INFORMATION TO BE COMING FROM A REPUTABLE RESTORATION COMPANY. buyers CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITE. EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE STILL SOME DISCREPANCIES (1902 & 1920 production date) WE FIND IT NECESSARY TO POST THIS CLAIM. WE WANT buyers TO BE AWARE OF ALL CLAIMS MADE ON THIS ANTIQUE SCALE. THE FOLLOWING WAS OUR ORIGINAL CALCULATION.... FOR REFERENCE. THE ISSUE OF "DATE" OF MANUFACTURE IS STILL QUESTIONABLE.
We believe this scale was purchased by Pepsi-Cola on or about 1903 thru 1906 from the Computing Scale Company of Dayton, Ohio. We further believe this scale was used by Pepsi-Cola to weigh and compute prices of commodities used in the production of Pepsi Syrup. The site of use was very likely in the Pepsi warehouse in New Bern, North Carolina.... or possibly at the Bradham's Pharmacy!!! It may have also been used to weigh volumes of the syrup purchased by customers to flavor "soda water" (carbonated water). If we are wrong, then we are not far off as the entire Pepsi operation at the time this scale was produced occurred in that city.
This is likely a very RARE piece of history as the Computing Scale Company was eventually merged to become IBM.... International Business Machine!!!!!!!!
We doubt there are very few of these Plate Glass Trays with the 1905 Pepsi Logo as it fits "precisely onto this scale."
THERE MAY NOT BE ANOTHER ONE LIKE IT???
We will be adding more detailed information to this sale, but decided to get it going so that Historians might be able to contribute. We will add details for each photo. We welcome input. We contacted IBM to see if they might want to acquire it. They have an archive department that would have liked it as a donation. However, we paid good money for it many years ago and would like to recover that.
The original trademark application for Pepsi-Cola was filed on
September 23, 1902 with registration approved on June 16, 1903. In the
application's statement, Caleb Bradham describes the trademark as an,
"arbitrary hyphenated word "PEPSI-COLA," and indicated that the mark was
in continuous use for his business since August 1, 1901. The
Pepsi-Cola's description is a flavoring-syrup for soda water (same as carbonated water).
A second Pepsi-Cola trademark is on record with the U.S.Patent & Trade Office (USPTO). The
application date submitted by Caleb Bradham for the second trademark is
Saturday, April 15, 1905 with the successful registration date of April
15, 1906, over three years after the original date. Curiously, in this
application, Caleb Bradham states that the trademark had been
continuously used in his business "and those from whom title is derived
since in the 1905 application the description submitted to the USPTO was
for a tonic beverage. The federal status for the 1905 trademark is
registered and renewed and is owned by Pepsico, Inc. of Purchase, New York
A question has been asked... "Can the scale be viewed in person?" The answer is YES. Send us contact information through 's email service. Viewing will be by appointment only.
PHOTO 1... Shows an overall 3/4th view of the scale with light blue and dark blue paint. It is sitting on a wood cart. The base is 19" by 14" and has adjustable bolt feet for perfect leveling. Refer to Photo 11 and it's description.
PHOTO 2... Shows an overall 3/4th view and gives an idea of size in relation to a person. The relative overall height is 30".
PHOTO 3... Thick oval glass plate with the Pepsi-Cola Logo is ground deeply into the glass. It can be removed easily and sits on 4 pegs. The pegs fit perfectly into 4 slots on the underside of the glass. These slots are positioned at the very center of 4 of the 8 "FLOWERS" ground artfully along the margin. WE HAVE DETERMINED WITH OUR OWN RESEARCH THAT THIS GLASS IS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT FROM THE MANUFACTURER. The engraving into the glass was either done by the manufacturer (likely at a extra cost to Peps-Cola) ... OR ... by a firm that specialized in ground glass artwork. Some scales have engraved glass and some are blank. Ground-Glass artwork was very popular and quite chic on and around the turn of the century (1890's thru 1900 and beyond). WE BELIEVE THAT FEW STORES (MERCANTILES) WOULD GO TO THE EXPENSE AND TROUBLE OF ENGRAVING GLASS FOR A NEWLY FORMED PRODUCT (PEPSI-COLA) THAT WAS NOT YET WIDELY SOLD. IT WOULD BE VERY EXPENSIVE INDEED. WE THEREFORE BELIEVE THAT ONLY PEPSI-COLA WOULD BEAR SUCH A COST AND GO TO THESE EXTREMES IN THAT ERA OF U.S. HISTORY. We do not place such emphasis on the "painted" surfaces of this scale. Anyone could paint it even today.
PHOTO 4... Thick glass plate showing two chipped areas at top right and lower left. Also see "floral" pattern around the margin & 4 slots for pegs. This tray is over 1/2" thick!!!!... (.53" to be exact). It is 16.5" by 13.5" and very heavy at 7 Lbs 12 ozs. If you think about it, this glass tray has to weigh a very specific amount as it's mass is calibrated as part of the accurate weighing operation! Now that is fascinating. Everything about this glass piece is EXTREMELY CRITICAL to the operation, quality and maintenance of such a high tech scale of it's time. It is NOT just a fancy after-thought. We base much of our claim on this glass..."NOT the painting." Totally fascinating INDEED.
PHOTO 5... This top assembly is 19" wide with a diameter of 9.25" .... Inside of that is a cylinder tumbler with Lbs & Oz graduations. On the front you will see a wide brass window which allows viewing of a every computation ranging from 1/2 cent to 60 cents AND CROSS REFERENCED TO zero(0) to 30 Lbs in 1 oz graduations. This is why it is called a COMPUTING SCALE. This window actually "magnifies" the computation scale that turns as you add weight to the glass tray. THE BRASS FRAME (BOTTOM RAIL) IS CRACKED JUST TO THE RIGHT OF CENTER. I'm not sure if it can be fully restored (brass weld). Removal of this brass frame seems simple. There are only 2 screws (flat screwdriver) that hold it in place. We have not dared remove it. LoL By the way, the brass looks like silver because I used a "flash" on this photo. Some brass pieces seem solid, whereas others are obviously "plated." Plating is worn off or "pitted" in some random areas.
PHOTO 6... This shows the inspection window for viewing of the inner mechanical parts and brass spring. The spring provides accurate tension when weighing various quantities of commodities at the store (mercantile).
PHOTO 7... Rear view of the scale. This shows all that is polished brass with the "very handsome" brass grill that kept weighed items from falling or rolling off the glass tray. You can make out the small brass framed viewing window on ... see next photo for closer detail.
PHOTO 8... Shows the brass framed "viewing window" to see the weight of any item placed on the scale. It is assumed that this was for the buying customer to see. There is a serial number on the brass which is... 560721
PHOTO 9... Showing the Pepsi-Cola Logo on the front near the top of the scale. Painted under that is the 1940's slogan "America's Biggest Nickel's Worth." This probably indicates that the scale was repainted (and possibly restored) during the 40's or some time thereafter. HOWEVER, this scale was manufactured on or around the year 1902. It is because of the glass tray that we believe the scale was closely associated with very early Pepsi-Cola operations in New Bern, N. Carolina.
PHOTO 10... View of the the brass linkage rod that connected the lower scale mechanical operation to the upper assembly computing cylinder. One can also see the brass leveling device (T-shaped). See the next photo for closer detail.
PHOTO 11... Detail of the brass leveling device. Two bubbles inside this device can be used to "perfectly level" the entire scale. This is accomplished by screwing the adjustable feet up or down until LEVEL is achieved. The left-to-right bubble chamber is still functional. The front-to-rear bubble chamber has lost it's fluid ..... I would lose most of my fluid too after 105 years!!!!!!
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