This old ice cream dipper is a No.31 Gilchrist Automatic Ice Cream Disher. Gilchrist's were used in most of the old soda fountain shops and was probably the most popular and commonly used scoop in the industry. This is a size 20 round bowl meaning twenty 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. It is marked Gilchrist 31on the shaft and the scraper inside the bowl is marked "20". The patent for these scoops was issued in 1915.
It measures about 10 ¾” in length and the bowl measures about 2 1/8” in diameter. It is in very good condition with minimal wear and the spring mechanism works well. It appears to have been used very little, even the gears retain their plating. This scoop is in original cleaned condition and has not re-plated or lacquered. The letter “M” has been scratched onto the back side of the thumb lever.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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