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Dietary Scale


A light-green metal top-loading scale with a plastic analog display. The capacity is five hundred grams marked in 2-gram increments. The instrument has a large red needle. It has two levers that calibrate the instrument.

Accession Number: 2011.psy.31

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Primary Materials: metal; plastic


Front display: “Capacity 500 grams; Chatillon, TM. Reg. Pat. Off.; Made in U.S.A.; Patent Number 2237653, April 8, 1941; Dietary Scale; Not Legal for Trade.”

University of Toronto label on the back: “Department of Psychology Research Equipment No. 1015SC71 University of Toronto.”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 23.5, Width = 18, Length = 18

Function: Used to weigh food.


Good. Loss of paint and some rust all over the instrument

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Manufacturer: Chatillon, USA

Date of Manufacture: 1940s


Dept. of Psychology, University of Toronto

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