This vintage ice cream dipper is a No.31 Gilchrist Automatic Ice Cream Disher. Gilchrist's were used in most of the soda fountain shops to scoop your favorite ice cream. It was probably the most popular and commonly used scoop in the industry. This is a size 12 round bowl meaning twelve scoops to the quart. It is nickel plated except for the bowl and scraper which are made of German Silver and it has a wood handle. The shaft is marked "Gilchrist 31 Size 12” and the scraper inside the bowl is marked "12". The patent for these scoops was issued in 1915.
It measures about 11 1/8” in length and the bowl measures about 2 9/16” in diameter. It is in very good condition and the spring mechanism works well. There are some light scratches near where the bowl attaches to the shaft of the handle and some of the plating is scratched off there as well. The clip at the base of the bowl is lightly discolored but otherwise there is minimal wear. This scoop is cleaned and polished, not re-plated and not lacquered and in good original condition.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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