Museum Homepage
Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Title Metal Hanging Scale
Description Metal hanging scale with a hook. 19th-20th century, American. The following is etched in the metal: "L F & C, NEW YORK." Also etched into the metal is a diamond symbol with the number 5 within the diamond. At the center of the scale and to the bottom the following measurement numbers are etched on the metal: "0, 4, 8,12,16, 20, 24."
Landers, Frary and Clark (L F & C) was orginated in New Britain, Connecticut, in 1829 by George Landers. In the 20th century, the company was acquired by several men from New York. Eventually, in 1965, this great company, once one of the best known and most prestigious in the housewares and hardware business, closed its doors permanently. The unbelievable had happened. While rumors of its impending doom had long been zig-zagging throughout the marketplace, the final reality came as a shock to the thousands of retailers who had known and dealt with the company for so long. On May 17, 1965 its "Universal" trademark along with the remaining assets, inventory and equipment were acquired by the General Electric Company's Housewares Division, though not until after some last minute meetings with government officials in Washington who wanted to satisfy themselves that the acquisition involved no "monopolistic" aspects.
Catalog Number 1986.144.05
Object Name Balance
Year Range from 1800.0
Year Range to 1965.0
Subjects Scales
Measurement
Measures
Weights & measures
Search Terms Landers, Frary & Clark
New York
New Britain, Connecticut
General Electric Company
Washington, DC
People Landers, George
Collection History Museum of Western Virginia
Imagefile 010\198614405.JPG
Number of images 1.0