1.12.2014

Vintage French Scale

When I am browsing in antique malls I love looking at the old scales, but then I see the price on the larger pieces and pass them on by.

So while I was in France treasure hunting I came across this beauty.

She was sitting among many other scales that had been tossed aside and no longer used.

She was rather tarnished and dirty, but I cleaned her right up.



She still had some rust on her, but that's okay. She doesn't need to be perfect.

I didn't even realize she had these pretty flowers.

She's pretty heavy and I love her typography.

The base is in pretty rough shape and someone has already filled in the broken corner with ink or something. I may clean and paint the base.

I need to buy some Brasso to clean up the brass. They were very tarnished and I temporarily used some ketchup to take away some of the tarnish since I had that on hand.



Maybe the brass bowls will clean up better with the right product.

For now she sits holding some apples in a very special spot. Oh, and the red striped grain sack is French, too.

Oui, oui.
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24 comments:

  1. I have a soft spot for old scales too! Yours is fabulous and all the detailing is great! Imagine the stories it could tell! Have a great day!~~Ang

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  2. You and Shirley hit the jackpot with old scales! That one is very nice.

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  3. I love scales. I have a collection of 13 so far. I adore yours...

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  4. This is so much fun seeing the goodies you got while in France. She is just beautiful!

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  5. Love the scales, it is fabulous. Great find. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Great treasures from your trip, Kim. The scales make a cool and unique centerpiece.

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  7. What a great find! Did you try Bar Keepers Friend on the brass? I recently used it on my brass stair rail and it worked wonderfully!

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  8. I love the scale, so unique. I have several antique brass pieces, big ones. I didn't have any luck with Brasso. A friend of mine suggested Barkeepers Friend. Wow! Talk about easy cleaning. I get it at the market (grocery store). Usually by the Comet, copper cleaners, silver, etc. Just a suggestion.

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    1. I just tried it and it worked. Thanks to you and Pat for the idea.

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  9. Treasures from France! What could be better?

    Hilary
    thirtysixdesign.etsy.com

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  10. OH Kim...now that is a beautiful scale!

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  11. Kim, she's a beauty! We have one that is Italian. It's fun to add seasonal things to the brass bowls. Are you going to keep it in the kitchen or some other room? I move ours around all the time. Have fun with this new French find.

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  12. Oh Kim WoW!!!! That scale is so awesome. What a great treasure. I love it. You have loved it so sweetly already and it looks great. What a special little character to add to your decor. Super sweet score on that one.
    Kris

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  13. Oh, according to Antiques Roadshow, you should have left the "patina" alone. Too late! Bet it still looks great! Linda@Wetcreek Museum Blog

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  14. LOVE the new scale, it is so unigue! Glad you found the Barkeepers. It does work great! I am leavig in the morning for 5 days in Fl. so will miss alot. I'll try to catch up when I get back. BONJOUR!!!!!

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  15. Oh what a beauty! Such a wonderful find......and from France! How wonderful.
    Julie

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  16. Love! Excellent vintage find!

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  17. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful treasure! Such a great find!
    Heather @ Ever Evolving Life 4-5

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  18. Love the scale! I was just perusing Ebay looking at a few I'd love to have but the big ones cost a fortune to ship. I don't have room for a big one anyway...so don't know why I was looking at them. I have a small nice green one but I need a white one....wondering if I should paint the one I have....hmmmm...maybe I will.

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  19. Yes, that scale was a great find..I remember how excited you were when you spotted that beauty!..and you brought out more of the beauty of the scale!!!

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  20. LOVE that scale! I would have scooped that up, too! :)
    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  21. really fine scales, a fab find. I would put some woodworm fluid on the base just in case, peace of mind etc. Is USA woodworm the same as UK/ French I wonder?!
    Teri in England

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  22. I'm totally in love with that kind of scale, with marble on it! You were quite lucky when visiting to find al these treasures!

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  23. That was an amazing find! She is a beauty. Ketchup cleans brass? Who knew? Not me!

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