I photographed this at a flea market somewhere. I presume it was used to shave ice from the block ice that was used in the old ice boxes of the time. The shaved ice would be used to make "ices" for dessert.
Made by the North Brothers, the same Philadelphia company that went on to manufacture the famous Yankee-brand spiral screwdrivers. (Good business move on their part--the buggy whip makers should have been so forward-looking.)
|J.L. Nichols, A.M. The Business Guide; ...or...Safe Methods of Business. Standard Edition. Naperville, Illinois: J.L. Nichols & Company, 1906. First copyright 1886.|
There's an entire website devoted to the icebox: Ice Box Memories. Lots of cool old photos.