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Vintage/antique Fairbanks Morse Scales Porcelain Dealer Display Scale Store Sign For Sale
Fairbanks Morse Scales
Navy Blue with White lettering
Steel & Porcelain
50" long x 9" tall
6 lbs. 10 oz.
Burdick, Chicago, Illinois (1895-1950)
All original; no touch-ups or repairs; a few small areas of chipped porcelain with
remnants of rust; needs a few grommets replaced. Excellent colors and graphics;
a very good example of a collectable
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Fairbanks Morse and Company was an
American manufacturing company in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Originally a weighing scale manufacturer, it later diversified into pumps,
engines, windmills, locomotives and industrial supplies until it was merged in
1958. It used the trade name Fairbanks-Morse.
There are three
separate corporate entities that could be considered successors to the company,
none of which represent a complete and direct descendant of the original
company. All claim the heritage of the Fairbanks Morse and Company:
Fairbanks Morse and
Company began in 1823 when inventor Thaddeus Fairbanks opened an ironworks in
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, to manufacture two of his patented inventions: a cast
iron plow and a heating stove. In 1829 he started a hemp dressing business for
which he built the machinery. Though unsuccessful in fabricating for fiber
factories, another invention by Thaddeus, the platform scale, formed the basis
for a great enterprise. That device was patented in June 1832, and a generation
later, the E. & T. Fairbanks & Company was selling thousands of scales,
first in the United States, later in Europe, South America and even Imperial
China. Scales were integral to business as marine and railway shippers charged
by weight. Fairbanks scales won 63 medals over the years in international
competition. It became the leading manufacturer in the US, and the best-known
company in the world until Henry Ford and the Ford Corporation assumed this
title in the 1920s.
In Wisconsin, L.
Wheeler designed a durable windmill for pumping water, the Eclipse windmill.
Wheeler set up shop in Beloit just after the Civil War. Soon half a million
windmills dotted the landscape throughout the West and as far away as
Australia. At about the same time, a Fairbanks & Company employee, Charles
Hosmer Morse, opened a Fairbanks office in Chicago, from which he expanded the
company's territory of operation and widened its product line. As part of this
expansion, Morse brought Wheeler and his Eclipse Windmill pumps into business with
the Fairbanks company. Morse later became a partner in the Fairbanks Company
and by the end of the nineteenth century, it was known as Fairbanks Morse &
Company and was headquartered in Chicago. Canadian and American cities had
branch dealerships, with Fairbanks first coming to Montreal, Canada, in 1876
and later opening a factory there.
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