Infant weighing machine, London, England, 1890-1930

1890-1930 in London
George Salter and Company

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Infant weighing machine, 1890-1920, by Salter, English

These cast iron scales weighed infants up to 25lbs. They were made by Salter and supplied by W. H. Bailey & Son. The removable basket is made of cane. Weighing babies at special infant welfare clinics became common in many Western countries after the First World War. Monitoring a child’s growth rate checks their early development. It can also highlight medical conditions or the presence of disease. Clinics monitored babies and advised mothers on childcare.

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Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
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body, iron (cast), pan, cane, zeroing weight, brass
scales - weighing device
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
Knight, Frank and Rutley
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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