Jakob Maul left his job in a Hamburg metalworks factory in 1912, bought a defunct comb factory in the mountainous countryside of Odenwald, Germany, and began to build his own business from the ground up. Equipped with a watermill to generate electricity, Maul hired three local locksmiths and personally trained them to design the machines and tools necessary to transform his new property into a metalworks factory. The following year, he opened up the factory. Branded "MAUL", they manufactured small office supplies such as book supports, letter openers, and postal scales. The business outlasted both World Wars and is still thriving today.
This particular scale was produced in that factory circa 1930. It features a brass body with bilateral arms extending outward under weight. It is marked "MAUL" on the front side of the left-hand arm.