Ice Cream Disher

Ice-cream cornet or cone disher with a reinforced, closed-socket handle soft soldered to the conical bowl. Key-scraper mechanism consists of a heart-shaped key atop the bowl that turns the V-shaped blade or knife inside. Seamless spun bowl with plain edge. Handle has a soft-soldered lapped seam and is stamped incuse on the opposite side "5" above "V. CLAD (arched) / PHILA / 123 S 11S\T (curved)" in serif letters. End cap is embossed "CLEWELL'S (arched) / PAT. / MAY 3 / 1876 / V. CLAD. MAKER" in sans serif letters with a dotted border.
William Clewell of Reading, PA, patented his ice-cream disher (which he called an "ice-cream measure and mold") in 1876 (original patent not found), and improvements in 1878 (U.S. Patent No. 209, 751 dated November 12, 1878). Valentine Clad founded V. Clad Co. in Philadelphia in 1853; it was later incorporated as V. Clad & Sons, Inc. in 1896. The company specialized in manufacturing ice-cream and candy machinery and equipment, including molds. It moved from its original location on South 11th St. to Sixteenth and Callowhill in 1913.
Currently not on view
Object Name
disher, ice-cream
date made
Clad, Valentine
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
metal, white (scraper material)
average spatial: 9.2 cm x 21 cm x 7.5 cm; x 3 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in x 2 15/16 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 8 1/8 in x 2 7/8 in; 9.525 cm x 20.6375 cm x 7.3025 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Theodore J. Jansen
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