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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Dear Mike: I have this con­i­cal ice cream scoop. On the lever it says “Erie Spe­cialty Co., Erie, PA.” It also says “Quick and Easy.” Inside the bowl it says “Erie Spe­cialty Co, Erie, PA,” and the num­ber 10. I have had this for over 35 years. It is of any value? Dan H. Win­nipeg Dear Dan, Your ice cream scoop was pro­duced by the Erie Spe­cialty company, which was in business be­tween 1902 and 1928. One of the items they spe­cial­ized in was soda-foun­tain ac­ces­sories. Ice cream scoops were pro­duced in many dif­fer­ent sizes and styles. I have seen scoops that were heart-shaped, as well as ones that were de­signed for ice cream sand­wiches. Ice cream scoops were de­signed for com­mer­cial use and were very well made; con­se­quen­tially most sur­vived and there are many still around to­day. In the col­lec­tors’ mar­ket, your ice cream scoop would sell for $30 to $40. Mike Huen is an an­tique dealer and owner of Mike’s Gen­eral Store in Win­nipeg. If you would like to have an item ap­praised, please in­clude a photo with your ques­tion. Email ques­tions to mike@mikesgen­er­al­ and put “Free Press” in sub­ject line, or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals,

52 St. Anne’s Rd., Win­nipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.

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