This old ice cream dipper was manufactured by the Gilchrist Co. of Newark New Jersey. Gilchrist's scoops were considered the standard of the industry and used in most of the soda fountain shops but this one is not the standard as the bowl on this is conical and it is made of aluminum. The thumb lever is marked "Gilchrist's No.32 6" which is quite unusual. The 6 refers to the bowl size which indicates six scoops to the quart which is large for a conical ice cream scoop. The conical bowl with the molded shaft and the thumb lever are made of polished aluminum. The rod, wiper and pins appear to be nickeled brass and the handle is wood. These were an oddity since you scooped the ice cream and dispensed it onto a small handled tray then placed the cone over the ice cream and turned it over to serve the filled cone. You could of course serve the pyramid in a sundae dish as a novelty. I believe this is from the early 1900’s.
It measures about 11” in length. The bowl measures about 3 ¼” in diameter and 2 5/8” deep inside. It is in very nice condition with minimal wear. The wiper mechanism works well. The aluminum has minor scuff and scratch wear and discoloration. It has not been highly polished, re-plated or lacquered. The plating is partially worn off the rod and the cap so the brass has a mellow yellow color. The wood handle is in good condition with minimal discoloration.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Unusual Vintage Gilchrist #32 Ice Cream Dipper – Conical Aluminum Bowl Scoop