Polar Star Ice Cream Freezer

Manually-operated ice-cream freezer, consisting of a exterior cylindrical container or bucket with a hinged crossbar and an interior, cylindrical cream can with friction-fit cover that houses the dasher or scraper-frame. The shaft of the wooden-handled crank fits through the central openings in the crossbar and cream can into the square socket of the bearing attached at bottom on which the dasher also rests. Exterior bucket is pierced with two holes on opposite sides for salt-water overflow. Crossbar is stamped incuse "POLAR STAR / FREEZER / PAT FEB 15 - 1910 / NOTICE / USE ONLY ICE CREAM SALT / NEVER STOP TURNING / AFTER FREEZING BEGINS", while the cream can has "SCALD AFTER USING / DRY ON STOVE TO PREVENT RUST" around its opening. The wire-rimmed bucket is made in two pieces with folded, vertical seams and a folded-edge bottom. All components, except the bucket and cream can, are either cast or forged and detachable.
Elmer I. Young of New York, NY, assignor to Polar Star Company of Philadelphia, PA, filed his application for this ice-cream freezer on February 10, 1908, and received U.S. Patent No. 949,692 for it on February 15, 1910. Young was also one of the Company's founders. Several ice-cream freezers made by different companies are named "Polar Star".
Currently not on view
Object Name
freezer, ice cream
date made
ca 1910
patent date
Physical Description
iron (canisters material)
tin (canisters material)
iron wire (rims material)
steel (crossbar; handle shaft material)
wood (handle material)
paint (handle material)
overall: 8 1/8 in x 7 15/16 in; 20.6375 cm x 20.16125 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Group 1
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Group 1
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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