This vintage ice cream dipper is a No.31 Gilchrist Automatic Ice Cream Disher. Gilchrist's were used in most of the old 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 24 round bowl meaning twenty-four 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 thumb lever is marked "Gilchrist’s No 31” and the scraper inside the bowl is marked "24". The patent was issued in 1915.
It measures about 10 ½” in length and the bowl measures about 2” in diameter. It is in very good original condition with minimal wear. The plating is quite good with little wear except on the collar where the handle attaches to the bowl.. I have included a close-up photo of that area. It is not beat up or abused like so many old Gilchrist’s. It is cleaned and polished, not re-plated and not lacquered. The mechanism works well.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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