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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Free Press” in subject line, or write to Mike’s Appraisals,
52 St. Anne’s Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.