Ice-Cream Disher

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Key-scraper cornet or cone disher with a reinforced, capped tubular handle attached to a seamless conical bowl below its plain rim; lapped seam handle and deep, U-shape angled brace are both soft soldered. Mechanism features an open heart-shaped key at bowl apex that turns the V-shaped scraper; bolt soldered to blade, not removable. Handle is stamped incuse near end "5" (5 scoops to a quart) above "V. CLAD (arched) / PHILA / 123 S 11S\T (curved)" in serif letters; embossed end cap reads "CLEWELL'S (arched) / PAT. / MAY 3 / 1876 / V. CLAD. MAKER" in sans serif letters inside a dotted border.
William Clewell of Reading, PA, received U.S. Patent No. 209,751 on November 12, 1878 for his "ice-cream measure and mold".
Maker is V. Clad Co. of Philadelphia, PA; founded by Valentine Clad in 1853 and incorporated as V. Clad & Sons, Inc. in 1896. Clad specialized in manufacturing ice-cream and confectionary machinery and equipment, including molds. The firm moved from its original location on South 11th St. to Sixteenth and Callowhill in 1913.
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date made
1880 - 1900
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patent date
Clad, Valentine
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place owned
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
United States: Maryland, Silver Spring
Physical Description
steel (bowl material)
iron, tinned sheet (handle; brace material)
metal, white (scraper material)
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Theodore J. Jansen
Food Culture
Kitchen utensils
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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