What Is It? Game 115

This week's collaboration with the What is it? Blog brings us this unusual scale. It has a very specific function - can you guess what it is used to weigh?

Place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, please. You can enter as many guesses as you'd like. Please post no URL or web links - doing so will forfeit your winnings.

Two prizes this week: the first correct guess and the funniest but ultimately incorrect guess will win a cool ice tray from the Neatorama Shop.

For more clues, check out the What is it? Blog. Good luck!

Update 11/13/09 - the answer is: A Reliable Automatic Dial Egg Scale and Candler, there is a light bulb in the cylinder at the right, the egg was placed on the hole and was illuminated to monitor the development of the embryo and to identify infertile eggs. The numbers represent ounces per dozen.

Congratulations to Edward who got it correct and to John the Third who made me chuckle with the "methane measurement device."

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In the shakespearean era, many people wished to correctly measure their eggs while they "watched" a show, so at the end, they can save the best eggs for the worst actor.
As an added bonus, the king never figured it out. Kept him busy.
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