March 15, 2007
Gurneys Antique Scale Ontario
Gurney Antique 16 lb. Scale with porcelain tray. Labelled Gurneys and Ware, Hamilton Ontario. Balance scale, uses counterweights. Red paint with gold, good condition. Gurneys logo painted on metal. Circa 1902-1910
Canadian Scale Makers, (ie: Gurney & Ware, Gurney, C. Wilson, Osborne, Fairbanks, Wm. & J. G. Greey, Burrow Stewart & Milne, Hamilton Scale Company, New Warren Scale Co., Renfrew Scale Co., for example), had to have their products verified prior to sale to merchants.
The stamped verification sequence allows collectors to more accurately date scales and weights. For eg you might see a (crown) with ER over Q, T.18
(crown)ER Edward VII reigns 1902 – 1910
Month Indication Number 18 Month (of a 2 year span) of original verification
Series Letter Q Identifies a 2 year period. 1906 - 1907
Kemp Manufacturing 1867-1911
Some sources Canadian Weights and Measures
We also have in our personal collection scales with the mark
(crown)VR Queen Victoria reign 1837-1901
The 1851 Directory of Ontario shows the following listing under FOUNDRIES AND MACHINISTS
GURNEY & CARPENTER, ironfounders and manufacturers of
threshing machines, castings, machinery, hollow,
copper and tinware, pipe boxes, potash kettles, &c., John st.