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Question: What can you tell me about the age and value of this baby scale? When did scales such as this start being made for parents to use?

Answer: The Jacobs brothers, who were three immigrants that worked in the butcher-supply trade in New York City, founded the Detecto Scale Company in 1900. The company produced bakers' dough scales, butcher scales, doctor scales, hanging scales and portion scales. Early baby scales were introduced around the turn of the 20th century. They sometimes had a wicker basket to hold the baby. This Detecto beam-type baby scale, which weighs a child up to 30 pounds, dates to the 1920s. It has a heavy cast-iron base for stability. They sell for $30 to $50.

-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News

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