The Wacky Antique Kitchen Gadget Revealed

April 15, 2009 · 16 comments · Print This Post

in Contests / Giveaways, Maine, Nostalgia

I'm an Antique Ice Cream Scoop

You guys had some seriously creative guesses as to the identity of the mystery item I posted about on Monday. They ran the gamut from candle snuffer to tea strainer. The winner of the random drawing, Evelyn, ventured a guess that the object in question was a flour sifter. She unfortunately wasn’t correct, but she’s still going to receive a copy of the 1959 edition of Betty Crocker’s Guide to Easy Entertaining.

Dear readers…the actual identity of the antique kitchen gadget is an ice cream scoop. Several of you completely blew my mind and are obviously geniuses of sorts. In fact, Marisa got it right away. My grandmother and Billie Gammon would have been proud of you! Personally, I failed miserably by repeatedly insisting that it had be some sort of gravy strainer so those of you who didn’t hit this one out of the ball park are in good company. Thank you for playing along with me! I’ll have to see if my gram can dig up another funky toy for a post later in the year.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy April 15, 2009 at 7:20 pm

That’s pretty awesome. I was totally off! *laughs*

I don’t know how I’d feel about triangular shaped ice cream. It wouldn’t sit on a cone very well, would it?


2 Hanni April 15, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I would’ve NEVER picked an ice cream scoop!


3 carrie April 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm

yay! congrats to Evelyn!

so i’m bummed I’m only just now seeing all the toher comments.. something was up and I was only able to see like 10 of them before.

you need to rig the next contest so that whomever guessed ham-bone-clamp and flux capacitor win something. those two are frigging GENIOUS. just sayin’.

thanks again for hosting, erin. you are too kind to the random internet!


4 Marisa April 15, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Oh yay! I’m glad to know I guessed right!


5 Anna April 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm

An ice-cream scoop! Okay, that is so adorable.


6 Evelyn April 16, 2009 at 12:24 am

Thank you! I can’t wait to read it!


7 Elyse April 16, 2009 at 1:32 am

Oh man, this is what I get for not checking my google reader for the past three days (stupid law school); I missed out on the guessing part. Oh well, I wouldn’t have guessed this was an ice cream scoop. How cool!


8 snooky doodle April 16, 2009 at 1:44 am

really interesting. I wouldn t have guessed it .


9 Megan {Feasting on Art} April 16, 2009 at 6:09 am

I would have never guessed it was an ice cream scoop. I guess they didn’t like round scoops of ice cream back then!

Thank you so so much for your kind comments on my blog. They are really appreciated. I love your blog and will be checking back often!


10 Gül Şat April 16, 2009 at 6:54 am

congratulations to Evelyn and thank you Erin, that was fun!


11 Sophia April 16, 2009 at 11:21 am

an ice-cream scoop? really? I never would have guessed! It looks so flimsy, though! I guess the ice cream back then wre much creamier and softer!


12 Ryan Wolf April 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I had to chuckle at “Norlands is the ancestral home of the Washburn family. You’ve probably never heard of them…” True… unless you grew up in Maine and just hauled on field trips to Norlands every couple years, at an age when you couldn’t appreciate it in the slightest! 🙂


13 Meg April 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Very cool! I love antique kitchen gadgets!


14 Trulee June 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I wish I had seen it in time to guess. They use one of these in the movie Summer Magic!

I love antiques!


15 Merle September 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Hi there we have had one of these ice cream scoops for years, we have had a lot of people guessing what it was for but my husband and I both said we thought it was an icecream scoop, can you tell us if they are worth anything or not?


16 Betty November 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I was cleaning out an elderly aunts home and came across an antique item I knew instantly that it was an ice cream scoop. My sister in law said it was a flour sifter. I said how could it be the top isn’t open. I ‘m glad to see that I was correct. thanks betty


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