This is clearly marked for the cook who might be confused as to this tool’s use – to dip out ice cream or shortening from their containers.
It was made around the mid 1940s, when ice cream was soft as it came out of the ice-cream churn at home. The aluminum spade is not sturdy enough for today’s high butterfat-content ice creams that freeze into solid bricks; it would easily bend.
It’s also from a day when lard and shortening appeared in kitchens everywhere in large pails. Home cooks would turn out flaky pie crusts, tender biscuits and crisp, crumbly butter-free shortbread – a food from days of war rationing when butter was a true luxury.
I picked up the spoon for $3 in an Apalachicola antique shop to go with all my other fun old aluminum tools.