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Donation of the Month

Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
1988.71.1
Donor: Martin Grayson

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? While I don’t know the answer any more than the next person, the egg is what I’m going to explore. Without the egg there would be no scrambled eggs, pancakes, biscuits or bread for breakfast. Large scale egg farms provide most of the eggs found in our supermarkets. On average a person consumes 244 eggs per year. Smaller farms as well as those who operate free-range farms provide a smaller percentage of eggs consumed yearly.

Eggs with the USDA’s seal of approval are graded and weighted before hitting the supermarket shelves. Grade doesn’t depend on weight or size, but the air cell size inside the egg. Candling, the process of placing a very strong light behind the egg, reveals the air cell, blood spots and egg white thickness. Top grade eggs are labeled “AA” or “A” and have the smallest air cells measuring no less than 1/8 inch deep; whereas grade B eggs are 3/16 inch deep.

Weight and size are only noted when the eggs are packaged for sale. Egg sizes range from jumbo to peewee. The most popular size and the one most recipes call for is large. When sizing an egg, the USDA bases the weight on a dozen of eggs. For example, a dozen large eggs should weigh no more than 24 ounces. This then means an individual egg within the carton should weight around 2 ounces, but no more than 2.25 ounces.

So what is the importance of a single egg scale? This egg scale is for home use and was most likely used by a family who sold their eggs to neighbors. There are two measuring scales with the top numbers being for a dozen and the bottom numbers being for individual eggs. Knowing the weight of the egg allowed the seller to grade the egg.

Having a dozen eggs similar in size helps make your cake recipe come out just right. And when using the eggs bought at the local supermarket you can be assured all twelve are the same size and weight. Individual sellers may still use small egg scales to ensure their eggs meet the purchaser’s expectations. However, most egg scales have been relegated to a shelf for nostalgias sake.
 


 

More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Rogersopoly
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Candles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Soap
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Blueprints
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Toys
Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Hatpins
Help One Another Club Quilt
Loom
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
Teddy
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons

Furniture

1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Other
Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Fiddle
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
ViewMaster
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket
 

 


 


 

 


 

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