Decorative 'Swan" vintage ice shaver curiosity



  • £220.00
  • €260 Euro
  • $303 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2019
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An unusual piece of Americana. Ice shavers were developed to thinly slice ice from a block and create an old fashioned variation on a sorbet style 'Slush Puppy'. Colourful and refreshing ice cold 'sweets' were served in cafes, restaurants and from street vendors. This is a particularly decorative item with embossed images of a Swan and Golden carp (black) cast in the metalwork. It is in working condition but not tried without a block of ice to hand. Both original green with additional overpainting in red and black. It is difficult to age, looking more like a Victorian relic, however they were produced after the Second World War and could even be 1950's. A visually eye catching piece for a cafe, shop display, collector of kitchenalia...or simply set up business! . Light surface rust and bare metal and brass base. Without a container (did it have one?)


  • H: 61cm (24in)
  • W: 38cm (15in)
  • D: 30cm (12in)



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I am an artist, sculptor, collector and restorer.  I have always been inspired and influenced by my love of the old. Since collecting tins, postcards, early textiles and gadgets as a teenager I have surrounded myself with “stuff”. I started trading in the 1970s from my architectural effects shop Leaded Lights and design shop Gothic in Greenwich. My stock reflects my enjoyment of the antique and the peculiar, from early Medieval to Victorian to Art Deco and industrial design.

I endeavour to hunt out the unusual - richly patinated wood, faded sun-drenched   paintwork and gently burnished ironwork.

We are based in a Victorian Gothic building in Somerset, only 15 minutes from the M5.

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