Ice Cube Crushers and Crackers

Once the large ice blocks are broken with the ice chippers, chisels, and ice picks, there will be pieces still too large for the intended use, such as a drink glass for a cold drink. These ice tools were intended for that purpose.

Hinged Chamber

Pliers Style

Counter Top Crushers

Flex Shaft

Mallet or Hammer Type

Misc Tools

 

Part I

Hinged Chamber with Handles

General Description of these Hand Crushers

 

The ice cube is placed in the chamber and the ice crushed by squeezing the cracker handles together.

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The length will be given for the crusher with the chamber closed. The hinge is located to the upper left and most of the crusher halves of the chamber are separated diagonally from the hinge down to the lower handle. All of these crushers are made of aluminum.

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This view depicts the crusher open. The two halves separate for ease of depositing the crushed ice and for cleaning. Most have a single hinge, but the length will vary. The bottom (right side) has ridges running parallel with the handle and the left side (top) has prongs that straddle the bottom ridges. This configuration allows good distributing on the ice cube for crushing. Each of the following ice cube crushers have different variations witch will be discussed with each one. Exceptions to this configuration will be described in each individual area.

 

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L = 7"

The outside of the crusher has dimpled surface. The top has seven lines running parallel with handle. The bottom handle has a lateral web for stiffness. Markings - PAT. PEND. on underside of top handle. Note the sales box provides instruction and the sides reflect some other products manufactured by the company. This crusher is Model No.21 manufactured by Belvidere Aluminum Co. Rockford, Illinois.

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L = 7"

Very similar to one above. This cracker has smooth surfaces both top and bottom and indented lines running length-wise on the top. EBALON is evenly spaced between the lines. A single long hinge is at the top. PAT. PEND. 21-2 and 2-2 is on the inside of one of the handles and PAT. PEND. on the other handle.

 

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L = 6-5/8"

The distinguishing markings on this hand crusher are the tiered surfaces on the top and bottom and a stiffing rib on the inside of the handles. The crusher has a single hinge and smooth surfaces.

 

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L = 6-3/8"

Crush-A-Cube Hand Crusher, is smooth on all sides, "CRUSH-A-CUBE" impressed on the bottom, single long hinge and JAPAN on the inside of both handles.

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L = 6-3/4"

Smooth outside surfaces, a single mid length hinge, nevco JAPAN across top of the chamber and JAPAN on under side of bottom handle.

 

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L = 6-3/4"

Smooth outside surfaces, a single mid length hinge and JAPAN on under side of top handle.

 

 

 

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L = 6-3/4"

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This hand crusher has smooth surfaces, a single short hinge, W. - GERMANY is marked inside one handle and WESTMARK CUBY in the other. Also note the different arrangement of the ice crushing blades.

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L = 6-3/4"

 

This hand ice crusher is smooth on all surfaces, has single long hinge with a support in the middle for addition strength. There are two interlocking clasp on the top. The sales box shown above the crusher shows the top removed and dumping the crushed ice into a glass. On one end of the box is HAND ICE CRUSHER BY WESTMARK 1964 and on the other end is MADE IN WESTERN GERMANY for Overseas Housewares Co. New York, N.Y. GERMANY is marked inside one handle and WESTMARK CUBY in the other.

Patent No. 3,385,530 Issued May 28, 1968

 

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L = 6-3/4"

On the back of the sales box shows how to use the crusher. On the end of the box is - "irvinware" LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. MADE IN USA NUMBER 1810, The logo and "irvinware" USA is centered on the top of the crusher and PAT. NO. 3,385,530 on the inside of the top handle. The two halves are hinged together with two interlocking tabs.

Patent No. 3,385,530 Issued May 28, 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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L = 6-3/4"

 

This ice crusher is the same as the "irvinware" to the left except "ECHO USA" is centered on the top. PAT. NO. 3,385,530 on the inside of the top handle. The two halves are hinged together with two interlocking tabs.

 

 

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L = 6-3/4"

DISTINCTIVE "PARTY ICE" CRUSHER on top of the chamber and ICE SPOON on the end of the top handle. There is a double hinge, and small scoop in the end of the top handle. The ice crushing blades are positioned different, in that they are positioned at 90 degrees to each other. This ice crusher came from Australia.

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L - 6-5/8", PROGRESSUS W GERMANY on inside of top handle. Smooth outside surface. Short slot hinge with rod inserted in top hinge and protrudes to clasps on bottom half. Two rows of crushing tangs inside of the top and four ridges on the bottom surface.

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L - 6-1/2", C. K. TAIWAN on inside of bottom handle. Smooth outside surface. Single hinge joining the two halves. Single row of four tangs in the top of the crushing chamber and four ridges in the bottom half.

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L - 6-3/4",

MADE IN JAPAN and KAM on inside of the lower handle. Smooth outer surface. Single interlock holds the halves together.

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L = 6-3/4",

Smooth outside surfaces, a single mid length hinge. JAPAN stamped on the bottom part of the chamber just below the hinge.

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L - 6-5/8", Smooth surface, two interlocks to hold halves together, No markings!

Patent No. D94,339 Issued Jan. 15, 1935

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L = 7-3/8"

This ice crusher is different from those described earlier in that you don't have to open the handles to dump the crusher ice. Notice the opening on the side of the chamber. The two halves are hinges by the tabs on the outer corners. There are eight spikes in the top half and a flat bottom with four rectangular openings. Patent No. D-94339 on the inside of both handles.

The two halves do not separate on the ice cube crushers in this group

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L - 9-5/8",

SQUEEZER, REAMER, ICE CUBE CRUSHER around the top of the tool. Kitchen combination tool to squeeze or ream the juice from fruits and to break/crush ice cubes. Small lip on the upper edge of the reamer rim to pour off the squeezed juice. The tool weighs slightly over two pounds.

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L = 8-1/8"

This crusher has a non-detachable hinge. The lid has 13 studs and has to be opened to deposit the crushed ice. Markings - PAT PEND DANDY is on the inside of the bottom handle.

Pat. No. 1,994,004 Issued Mar 12, 1935

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L = 7"

This crusher has a non-detachable hinge and has a large fin on the back of both sides of the chamber for stiffness. The crushed ice can be dumped out the side of the crusher. There are no markings on the crusher.

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L = 7-1/4"

This crusher has a non-detachable and with an opening on the side to deposit the crushed ice. There are three ridges on one side of the cavity and four ridges on the other side to crush the ice. The exterior surface is dimpled. The size of this crusher's cavity is a little smaller than of the one to the right. There are no other markings.

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L = 7-3/4"

This crusher has a non-detachable and with an opening on the side to deposit the crushed ice. There are three ridges on one side of the cavity and four ridges on the other side to crush the ice. The exterior surface is smooth. Markings - PAT PEND ICE MASTER on inside of one of the handles.

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L - 7", Similar configuration as that in Patented (D94,339) crusher above, but this one is smaller, nickel coated and the hinge does not separate. No marking.

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Pliers Style Ice Cube Crushers

These ice crushers operate like pliers. They have seven teeth on one surface and eight on the other. Four of the five discussed are made of steel, while the other is aluminum. By squeezing the handles, the teeth apply greater pressure on the ice, thus crushing it into smaller pieces.

Pat. No. 2,104,577 Issued Jan. 4, 1938

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L = 7-3/8" Made of aluminum

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DANDY NYC on one side of head and ICE CUBE BREAKER on the other side.

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L = 8-3/4" Made of steel

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STOVER on one side of head and FREEPORT ILL. on the other side. ICE KUBE KRACKER underside one handle and an A on the underside of the other handle.

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7-3/4" - Made of steel

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STOVER on one side of head and FREEPORT ILL. on the other side. SWARTZ PISTONS inside one handle underside one handle and an I on the underside of the other handle.

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L = 7-3/4' - Made of steel

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STOVER on one side of head only.

ICE KUBE KRACKER underside one handle and an A on the underside of the other handle.

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L - 7-1/2"

ICER on the back of one teeth support and T&D on hack of other support. Cap lifter on the end of one handle. The tool looks like it is made of aluminum but it is made of a ferrous metal.

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L - 7-7/8",

Two crushing points on the top and four points on the bottom in a diamond configuration. All metal. No markings.

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Counter Top Ice Crushers

Patent 209,463 Issued Oct. 29, 1878 to Edward J. Creasey, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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H - 13",

E. J. CREASEY PAT. OCT. 1878 on upper area of the handle side of the crusher hopper and J. R. L. WHARTON PHILA PA. on the other side of crusher hopper near the upper edge. Mr. Creasey was the patentee and Mr. Wharton was probably the manufacturer as indicated in the Nov. 1905 Hardware Dealers' Magazine.

This model has a knob handle direct drive to a single large drum with crushing picks evenly spaced across and around the drum whereas the patent drawing depicts a wheel handle driving the drum through two meshing gears.

Patent 307,917 Issued Nov 11, 1884 to Norris S. Chandler - Ice Chipping or Cutting Machine

 

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H - 12",

CHANDLER'S ICE CUTTING MACHINE, SPRINGFIELD, MASS. PAT. NOV. 16, '80 on both sides of the ice cutting chamber. Metal container to catch the cut ice is 6-3/4" long, 4" wide, 5-1/2' high. The handle is attached to the shaft connected to the small gear. Both the cutting machine and the container is cover with unknown material. Some of which is worn off at areas where the items would have been frequently handled. Don't know if it is paint or some other substance. I feel pretty sure it isn't corrosion, because I was able to scrape some of it off with my finger nail. There are nine cutting disks in the cutting chamber.

 

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H - 12",

CHANDLER'S ICE CUTTING MACHINE, SPRINGFIELD, MASS. PAT. NOV. 16, '80 on both sides of the ice cutting chamber and a large "1" on one side of the ice chamber. There are nine cutting disks in the cutting chamber. The handle is linked to the small gear which drives the larger gear thus turning the cutting blades.

 

 

Note

The two examples above have more ornate legs whereas the below sample has more beefy legs. The more beefy legs on the bottom crusher cause the overall height to be about ˝" taller than the other two crushers.

 

The handle on the top examples drives the small gear which causes the nine cutter blades to turn slower than the handle rotates. The bottom crusher handle drives the larger gear causing the 11 cutting blades to move faster than the rotating handle.

 

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H - 12-1/2",

CHANDLER'S ICE CUTTING MACHINE PAT. NOV. 16 '80 and a large 10 on one side of the ice chamber and MADE BY C. E. JENNINGS & Co. NEW YORK U.S.A. This configuration has 16 cutting disks.

Design Patent 86,599 issued March 29, 1932

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Height - 10-5/6",

"LIGHTNING" ICE CUBE BREAKER on the front of the hopper, "LIGHTNING" REG.U.S.PAT OFF ICE CUBE BREAKER NORTH BROS. MFG. CO. PHILA, PA. U.S.A. PAT. 86599 OTHERS PEND. MADE IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on the top of the base plate, 104A on the underside of the base plate and 104B on the side of the chrome stand near the base plate. Chrome or nickel plated hopper and stand, green base and crank arm, and a red handle.

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Height - 10",

ALASKA ICE CUBE CRUSHER on paper label located on the front of the hopper. Hopper opening 2-1/4" wide by 4" deep. "2A8" is cast on the outside of the handle arm near the rotating shaft. Crusher is made of steel. The area for the crushed ice catcher is 4-3/4" square.

Patents D - 92,015 Issued Apr 17, 1934 and 2,046,396 Issued Jul. 7, 1936.

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Height - 8-1/4", Length - 13-1/2" ,

WEAR-EVER TRADE MARK, ALUMINUM TACU CO, on both sides of the handle and PATENT APPLIED FOR on one side of the handle. ALCOA on the bottom of the base, on the lever arm at the pivot and on the top side of the crushing piston. Long handle used as lever to push the piston down on ice which is crushed on cross members with sharp points.

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Hopper Interior.

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View of piston to crush the ice.

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Markings on the lever.

Patent No. 2,047,566 Issued July 14, 1936

 

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L - 9", Ice cubes are placed in the top of the crusher, the two handles squeezed together repeatedly and the smaller ice pieces fall out through the smaller opening in the bottom of the crusher. There are no markings on this crusher.

Parent 2,047,566 & Patent 2,047,567 Assy.

Ice Crusher With Base 008 copy

 

Assembly of ice crusher with the stand.

Patent No. 2,047,567 Issued July 14, 1936

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H - 5", base 5-1/2" wide and 5-7/8" deep. This crusher base is used to hold the crusher in patent 2,047,566. The base plate holds a container to catch the crushed ice. Markings on the base are THE LITTLE GEM, ICE CRUSHER, PAT APPL'D FOR, MFGD. BY GENERAL MACH. CO. RIVERSIDE, N. J.

Patent No. 2,048,569 Issued July 21, 1936

 

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H - 9", ICE KING CUBE CRUSHER, PAT NO. 2048569, OTHERS PEND. NATIONAL DIE CASTING SALES CORP. 600 N. ALBANY AVE. CHICAGO, ILL. On the under side of the base. A counter-top, hand crank, ice crusher. The frame is made of aluminum and the blades are steel.

 

 

General Summary of the Pre-Patent, Design Patent D94,147 & Patent 2,048,569 found to date. Even thought the markings are different on the base plate, the physical characteristics are the same for all the crushers.

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Colors found to date.

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NATIONAL ICE CRUSHER, PAT. NO. 94147, PAT. NO. 2048569, MADE IN U.S.A. 600 N. ALBANY AVE. CHICAGO, ILL. Plus the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

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NATIONAL ICE CRUSHER, PAT. NO. 94147, PAT. NO. 2048569, 600 N. ALBANY AVE. , CHICAGO, ILL

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NATIONAL ICE CRUSHER, PAT. NO. 94147,

600 N. ALBANY AVE. CHICAGO, ILL

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NATIONAL ICE-CRUSHER 600 N. ALBANY AVE. CHICAGO, ILL

 

Design Patent No. D94,147 Issued Dec. 25, 1934 &

Patent No. 2,048,569 Issued July 21, 1936

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H - 9", Width - 7-1/2",

NATIONAL ICE CRUSHER, PAT. NO. 94147, PAT. NO. 2048569, MADE IN U.S.A. 600 N. ALBANY AVE. CHICAGO, ILL. Plus the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, on the top of the base. A counter-top, hand crank, ice crusher. The frame is made of aluminum and the blades are steel. Shown are two different colors.

Design Patent No. D94,147 Issued Dec. 25, 1934 & Patent No. 2,048,569 Issued July 21, 1936

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H - H - 9", Width - 7-1/4",

Aluminum color

NATIONAL ICE CRUSHER, PAT. NO. 94147, PAT. NO. 2048569, 600 N. ALBANY AVE. Different markings from the others shown above.

Design Patent No. D94,147 Issued Dec. 25, 1934

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H - 7-7/8", Width - 7-1/4",

NATIONAL ICE CRUSHER, PAT. NO. 94147, 600 N. ALBANY AVE. CHICAGO, ILL. Silver/Aluminum with a red handle. Aluminum frame with steel crushing picks.

Pre-Design Patent - 94,147 and Patent - 2,048,569

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H - 9", Width - 7-1/2",

NATIONAL ICE-CRUSHER 600 N. ALBANY AVE. CHICAGO, ILL on the base where the crushed ice catcher will rest. This crusher was probably manufactured prior to the issue of the patents.

Design Patent D116,565 Issued Sept. 12, 1939 and Patent 2,213,166 Issued Aug. 27, 1940

 

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H - 9-1/2", Ice-O-Mat TRADE MARK on the head of the crusher, Ice-O-Mat TRADE MARK CAT. NO. I.C. 539 PATENTS PENDING, RIVAL MFG. CO. KANSAS CITY, MO. USA and RUPERT KC 110 in a rectangle. Red base and chrome chamber. White knob on the handle. The ice fragment size can be changed by reversing the blades.

Patent 2,056,677 Issued Dec. 26, 1936

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Height - 10-1/2",

LIGHTNING ICE CUBE BREAKER on front of crushing chamber, "LIGHTNING" REG U S PAT OFF, ICE CUBE BREAKER, NO. 104, NORTH BROS. MFG CO, ICE CUBE BREAKER PHILADELPHIA, PA. MADE IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PAT 1,980,952 on the back of the chamber.

Green glass container to catch the crushed ice 4-1/2" square and 3" tall. NORTH BROS MFG CO ICE CUBE BREAKER PHILA. PA USA on the bottom of the dish.

The ice breaker was built to Patent 2,065,677 ,but, marked with Patent 1,980,952. I assume the ice cube breaker was being manufactured to the new configuration but identified with the old patent number while the new patent was being processed.

Patent 2,071,730 Issued Feb 23, 1937

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Height - 12-3/4""

 

 

 

 

PERFECT ICE CRUSHER on one side of the crusher hopper/housing, GREY IRON CASTING CO on one side of the mount and MOUNT JOY PA. USA on the other side of the mount. Some green paint on the handle, crank and mount and the ice crusher hopper/housing and internal blades are tin coated.

 

Patent D 113,016 Issued Jan. 24, 1939 and Patent 2,208,040 Issued July 16, 1940

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H - 10-1/4",

MADE BY DAZEY CORPORATION ST. LOUIS, MO USA PAT.NO 2,208,040, D-113,016 MODEL 160 on inside of lid. Paper label on top of lid DAZEY ICE CRUSHER, DAZEY CORPORATION ST. LOUIS, MO. USA. Adjustable feature on side of crusher to allow for different size chips. The top, handle arm and hopper are aluminum with a plastic bottom to catch the crushed ice.

Design Patent 172,757 Issued August 3, 1954 and Patent 2,870,969 Issued January 27, 1959

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Height - 9",

SWING-A-WAY on the outside of the lid, TURN HANDLE, COURSE, FINE, ICE with arrows showing proper direction the turn handle for desired ice size located on underside of hopper lid. GLOBE on bottom side of crusher housing, Bracket for mounting the ice crusher on the wall or other vertical surface. SWING-A-WAY ST. LOUIS on the mounting bracket. Hard to see in the photo, but the space between the vanes protruding from the walls on the left side are closer to the rotating shaft with the cutting blades, whereas, the protruding vanes from the right side appear to be almost as close to the center shaft, they are inclined downward to allow larger/more course pieces of crushed ice to pass through the crusher.

Patent 2,902,226 Issued Sept. 1, 1959

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Height - 9-1/2"'

SWING-A-WAY on the outside of the lid, TURN HANDLE, COURSE, FINE, ICE with arrows showing proper direction the turn handle for desired ice size, located on inside of hopper lid. GLOBE on bottom side of crusher housing, Hard to see in the photo, but the space between the vanes protruding from the walls on the left side are closer to the rotating shaft with the cutting blades, whereas, the protruding vanes from the right side appear to be almost as close to the center shaft, they are inclined downward to allow larger/more course pieces of crushed ice to pass through the crusher. This crusher sample does not have the patent marking, but it does fit this patent requirements.

Patents D140,395, 2,398,932 & 2,398,933

 

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H - 8-1/2", W - 7-1/2" (Including the handle),

The ice crusher is portable and the ice is completely enclosed when crushing. The lever on the left allows changing the desired size of crushed ice and when the hopper is full and removed, a dump receptacle moves into position to catch small ice particles and water so they will not fall on the bottom of the crusher.

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Ice-O-Mat REG. U.S. PAT OFF on the front edge of the chrome lid. Switch on the left side is set to F, M, C for (Fine, Medium, Course) the different size crushed ice desired. Red knob on the handle arm, Red plastic hopper to catch the crushed ice. On the bottom of the crusher are the following markings: "VOGUE" MODEL, ICE-O-MAT, TRADE MARK, CAT. NO. 455, US PAT NO D 140395 - 2213166, OTHER PATENTS PENDING, RIVAL MFG. CO. KANSAS CITY MO. USA, US PAT NO 2398932-2398933.

Design Patent - D 188,164 issued June 7, 1960

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H - 9-1/4",

ICE-O-MAT down the center circular portion at the pivot of the crank. In general the crusher has a rectangle cross section. Top portion is metal and houses the crushing mechanism. The bottom section is plastic and serves as the container to collect the crushed ice. Turn the crank clockwise for FINE ice and counter clockwise for COURSE ice. Instruction information of operations.

 

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H - 11",

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NE CASEK MFG CO CHICAGO, 123, on one side of the hopper and ICE QB CHIPPER PAT PEND on the other side. Hopper is- 4" X 3-1/4" X 4-1/2", four replaceable brass crushing points.

 

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Height - 9",

SWING-A-WAY on the outside of the lid, TURN HANDLE, COURSE, FINE, ICE with arrows showing proper direction the turn handle for desired ice size located on inside of hopper lid. GLOBE on bottom side of crusher housing, Bracket for mounting the ice crusher on the wall or other vertical surface. SWING-A-WAY ST. LOUIS on the mounting bracket. , Hard to see in the photo, but the space between the vanes protruding from the walls on the left side are closer to the rotating shaft with the cutting blades, whereas, the protruding vanes from the right side appear to be almost as close to the center shaft, they are inclined downward to allow larger/more course pieces of crushed ice to pass through the crusher.

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Overall Height - 11-1/2", Bucket - 8-1/2" diameter, 6-1/2" high,

Opening for Ice - 3-1/2"X 3-1/4"

. Hand Crank Ice Crusher.

ALASKA ICE CRUSHER MODEL 37 on one side of the ice crusher housing and C7CB1 on the other side. ALASKA ROYAL ICE CRUSHER MODEL 37 THE ALASKA FREEZER CO. , INC. WINCHENDON, MASS. on the decal on the side of the bucket.

Notice: Some of the part numbers are different on the different crushers.

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Height - 10", Base Max. Width - 7-1/8",

ALASKA ICE BREAKER MODEL 38 on one side of the hopper and 38CB1 on the other side. 53CB2 on one side of the stand and 1 on the other side. 63CB3 and 1 on the underside of the base. 2.38A8 on the inside of the handle arm. Green base, stand and handle arm. Seven ice crushing picks on the drum to crush the ice.

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H - 10-1/4",

ALASKA ICE BREAKER MODEL 38 on one side of the hopper and 38CB1 on the other side. 53CB2 on one side of the stand and 3 on the other side. 63CB3 and 2 on the underside of the base. Green base, stand and the crank arm. Handle arm - 2 . 38A8.

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H - 9-3/4",

ALASKA ICE BREAKER MODEL 38 on one side of the hopper and 38CB1 on the other side. 53CB2 on one side of the stand and 1 on the other side. 50CB56 on the underside of the base. Green base (most of paint missing), stand and the crank arm. Handle arm - 2 . 38A8. Base has place for square dish to catch crushed ice. Three rubber feet on underside of base are missing.

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H - 10",

ALASKA ICE BREAKER MODEL 38 on one side of the hopper and 38CB1 on the other side. 53CB2 on one side of the stand and 2 on the other side. 63CB3 and 1 on the underside of the base. Blue painted over green base, stand and the crank arm. Part number 2. 38 A8 on the inside of the handle arm.

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H Including wheel) - 13", W (including handle) -11-1/2" ,

ALASKA ICE CRUSHER WINCHENDON, MASS NO 1, on side of hopper, IC-31on the wheel, 20, 21 on opposite sides of the inside bottom of the hopper. There is a "25" on the inside of each leg casting. The wheel and supports have been replaced with new castings. Be careful of replacement parts on antiques.

The two ice crushers are the same mechanically. Differences are the paint scheme and marking on the upper face of the hopper.

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H - 9-3/4",

CHALLENGE ICE CRUSHER on a label on the upper front of the hopper. 1C-2 on the inside of the hopper and 1C-1 on the bottom of the base. The crusher has been over painted with a light chocolate color covering an original green color. J5 and 5 are cast on the inside of the handle arm. The hopper opening is 2-7/8" X 3-3/8". The crushing teeth are cast into the rotating shaft and are not the typical sharpened pick points.

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H - 9-3/8",

HUSKY ICE CRUSHER on a label on the upper front of the hopper and 1C-2 on the inside of the hopper. 1C-1 on the bottom of the base. J5 and 13 are cast on the inside of the handle arm. The hopper opening is 2-7/8" X 3-3/8". ". The crushing teeth are cast into the rotating shaft and are not the typical sharpened pick points.

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H - 10-3/4",

ICE & NUT CRACKER on the tab to remove the insert. Three part tool, upper portion contains the crushing/cracking mechanism, the Ice & Nut Cracker insert/container, and the bottom portion is the stand. The upper assembly has a slip fit to the stand. PAT. APL'D FOR and 2 are cast on the bottom side of the stand.

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Diameter - 4-3/8", Thickness - 3/4",

An insert for a counter top juicer / ice crusher, NEW STAND???? MT JOY, PA FINE (Right) on one side along the outer edge of the inset. COARSE (Left) on the other side. I recall seeing a patent for this configuration, but unable to find it now.

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Flex Shaft type Ice Crackers

The first group, the tool has a hard head that is swung to impact the ice that might be held in one's hand.

Pat. No. 2,474,100 Issued Jun. 21, 1949

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L = 10"

This cracker has a metal handle with a thin flexible metal strap and a metal impact disc at the head. Markings on the handle - "Break the ice with SOUTHERN COMFORT"

Patent 2,474,100 Issued Jun. 21, 1949

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L - 10",

"YOU CAN BE SURE IF IT'S Westinghouse" on the flex shaft.

Pat. No. 2,474,100 Issued Jun. 21, 1949 (Variant)

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L - 10-1/8",

STAINLESS STEEL JAPAN on the flex shaft near the handle. The handle is possibly rosewood and attached with two brass rivets. The flex shaft is 0.025' thick and 0.39" wide and the impact head is a shallow dish made of steel.

Pat. No. D198,808 Issued Aug. 4, 1964 & 3,155,329 Issued Nov. 3, 1964

 

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L = 10-1/2",

This cracker has a flexible plastic handle and shaft, with a metal impact disc at the head. Markings on the handle - ‘Break the ice with Teacher's Scotch" and "TAP-ICER SPRINGFIELD N.J. "

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L - 8-5/8",

MADE IN HONG KONG on the handle. Small scoop on the bottom end of the handle. Made of plastic with a metal insert. Top and bottom views.

Patent No. D208,874 Issued Oct.10,1967

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L = 10-1/4"

This cracker has a plastic handle and flexible spring metal shaft and a metal impact ball at the head. This is part of a bar set. No markings.

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Mallet or Hammer type Ice Cracker

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L = 7-7/8

Many of the airlines used these hammers to break up the ice for drinks during in-flight service. They are made of aluminum and the logo indicating the Airline is cast in the side of the hammer head. The "AA" America Airlines one also has "73IMOO1" on the handle near the head and TWA had two styles.

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L - 6-1/4"

Burnco "The Ice Breaker" in the shipping & sales box. CHAMPION symbol is on the side of the handle below the hammer head to break ice. The opposite end of the head has a cap lifter. The handle is walnut with metal along the front side, over the top and ends as the lip for the cap lifter.

Pat. No. D160,605 Issued Oct. 24, 1950

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L = 7-1/4"

A utility bar tool. The hammer head is used to crack ice and opposite end as an ice pick. The ice pick end also has lip and the handle a tab which can be used as a cap lifter. Also, there is a cork screw available in the handle. Markings - "BAR-GIZMO G.M.C . L.I.C. N.Y. ", "TRACE MARK DESIGN PAT. PEND. " on the handle.

 

 

 

Pat -117,754

US Patent 117,754 Drawing

Titled - Ice Pick

This patent is for an instrument to be used on the table for picking and breaking ice. It has a longer pick in the handle to be used to break ice where the smaller pick will not reach.

 

Some of the tools similar to the ones shown below have been referred to as a Barrister Hammer. A tool used to mark and later open wax seals placed on confidential legal documents. In light of the US Patent shown above it's evident it would be difficult to determine whether the tool is an ice tool or a barrister hammer. So, I will refer to them as ice tool unless specific markings indicate otherwise.

Patent 117,754 Issued August 8, 1871 Variant

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L - 6-3/4",

Silver plated. Eight flats around the head where it attaches to the handle, flat round hammer head and a pick on the other end. No markings.

Patent 117,754 Issued August 8, 1871 Variant

Cracker 005a copy

L = 7-1/2"

Very ornate handle with a hammer head to crack ice on one end and an ice pick on the other end. No markings.

Patent 117,754 Issued August 8, 1871 Variant

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L - 7",

Silver plated square hammer head with sixteen points, small four sided pick is 2-1/4" long. The entire head has a square cross section. Handle is smooth shaft pointed at the tip.

Patent 117,754 Issued August 8, 1871 Variant

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L - 8",

PHV &Co. MADE IN ENGLAND, SILVER PLATED on the handle near the end of the handle. One end of head used to crush ice and the other end has a pick.

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L - 8-1/2",

Ice cube tongs on one end and hammer type on the other end. The hammer end has an ice pick and ice crusher on opposite ends. Probably plated silver.

Ice Cube Tongs and Crusher 006 copy

L - 7-3/8",

Ice cube tongs on one end and hammer type on the other end. The hammer end has an ice pick and ice crusher on opposite ends. MADE IN ENGLAND PHV?? on the inside of one tong leg near the claws. Probably silver plated.

 

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L = 6-3/8" Hatchet

L = 11-1/2' W = 8-1/2' Bag

Wooden hatchet used to crack the ice in the bag. Markings on the bag only - A boy and girl skating , Krax Ice, and PATENT APPLIED FOR in the lower right corner.

 

 

 

 

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L = 9-1/8", W = 4-5/8"

 

Box top has a picture of the design on the front of the bag and the instructions how to use the item.

BAKER-LOCKWOOD MFG. CO. , INC.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

 

Pat. No. D148,714 Issued Feb. 17, 1948

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L = 5-3/4"

Utility bar tool with an ice cracker, ice pick and cap lifter integrated in the head.

 

 

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L = 7-3/4"

The golf ball end used as an ice cracker and the other end of the handle is a cap lifter.

 

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Misc Tools

Patent No. 2,147,394 Issued Feb. 14, 1939

Ice Cube Chipper 063a copy Ice Cube Chipper 061a copy

2-1/2" diameter, 1-1/2" height

The photos show the markings and the picks on the inside of the crusher. MADE IN USA JIFFY ICE CUBE CRUSHER PAT.APP.FOR on the top and a sticker on the bottom - IMPORTANT PRESS CUPS TOGETHER DO NOT TURN. The ice cube is placed in one of the cups, then the cups placed together to crush the ice.

Crusher 003a copy Crusher 005a copy

L = 7-5/8"

Markings - "KRACK-ALL" NUT CRACKER, ICE CRUSHER, PATENTS PENDING

The ice or nut is placed in the cavity and the handles squeezed together to crack it.

 

Crusher 001a copy

L = 6"

Ice crusher near the hinge and ice cube tongs with the tips of the handles.

Nipper 003a copy

L = 6-1/4"

Ice Splitter with instructions on inside the top of sales box. Markings - STAINLESS GERMANY

Nipper 001a copy

L = 6-1/4"

Ice Splitter with instructions in the sales box. Markings - STAINLESS JAPAN

Ice Tongs - Splitter - Germany copy

L - 6-5/8",

STAINLESS STEEL W. GERMANY on one leg of the tongs, made of 0.20" stainless steel, spread - 1", Sales box with following: shows using the tongs to break ice cube for the glass and the these words, Eiswurielbrecher-Zange, rostfrei, ICE TONGS Made of finest Germany stainless steel, Rostfrei, Stainless, Solingen, Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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L - 6-1/4",

Ice sniper - I-SNIPS, GERMANY, STAINLESS on the arms of the snipper/crusher.

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