Original Watling Big Head Lollipop scale with fortune telling feature. The original porcelain over iron body is in exceptional condition. The bronze foot pad is cast with company badging. A fluted column rises from the base to support the silvered, reverse on glass mirrored face. ‘YOUR WEIGHT AND FORTUNE - ONE CENT’ being highlighted in red. A mechanical knob is inset below the face to allow the user to select the ‘fortune’ he or she would like answered.
The Watling Manufacturing Company of Chicago began producing coin operated public scales in the 1880s and by the 1920s they had garnered over 50% of the market share. With each model, they sought to improve the appeal over the last and their dominance continued until the 1950s with the advent of the personal bathroom scale.