Spring Scale and Leather Case
Spring scale and leather case, C.1905
leather; metal, stainless steel
Les Amis des Jardins de Métis Collection
The most important item in any fishing club are the scales. Coming off the river, a fisherman will immediately measure and weigh his catch and often be photographed with it.
This spring scale dates from 1905. It carries the initials of Elsie Reford on its leather holster. The scales would have been kept in the hall table at Estevan Lodge and brought out by the head guide with the return of the fisherman to the house after a morning or an afternoon of fishing. The scales (perhaps optimistically) allow for a fish weighing up to 50 lbs to be suspended from the hook.