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This traditional set of Grocer scales and weights made by John White of Edinburgh are a piece of history and come with a great story,
White and Son are one of the oldest family businesses in Scotland. The family firm was started by John White in 1715 and has just celebrated 300 years of business and even more remarkably it's still run by the family.
Edwin White, the current managing director gave us a glimpse of the history when we contacted him to find out more about the scales.
John White, Edwin's uncle, left the family business of John White & Son around 1907 and set up on his own account in Edinburgh. He made the same kind of machines as the main business, but with his name and Edinburgh on them.
He re-joined the family business some years later, and his operation then became the Edinburgh Branch of the firm, at 28-30 Victoria Street, and the business operated from there until the 1970’s.
These particular scales were manufactured between 1907 and 1920 and are stamped with a crown and the number 37 which means they were repaired and re-calibrated in 1937. The weights have various dates and are stamped with a crown and the Weights and Measure Inspector number 554 which stands for Haddingtonshire. (now part of East Lothian)
Catalogue images courtesy of John White & Son, Auchtermuchty
Included with the scales are 5 weights - 7,4,2,1lbs and 8ozs
- Colour: Black
- Width: 30cm
- Height: 30cm
- Weight: 6kg