The original and titular Hanson Brothers, Marius and William, first arrived in the States in the late 1880’s. Marius was dabbling in engines and automobiles when he apparently got the random notion of building a kitchen scale out of sheet metal instead of cast iron, as had been the norm. In 1888 he sold 300 scales to Wrigleys Gum to giveaway and the kitchen scale business took off. They prided themselves on the quality of the spring in the scales and the quality fine pointer finger. The factory moved to Northbrook Illinois in 1950 .
The scales still work but not sure of the accuracy, and the finger pointer is still there. The scales have been much used, the owner put tape on the base either to stop it moving to protect the work surface. It is still there. Still has the glass intact, no cracks.