Posting ID : B1005114267
Date Posted : 2011-06-10
Group : Antiques
This rare antique coffee mill was manufactured in Elgin, Illinois USA by the Woodruff & Edwards Company between 1875 - 1900.
These grinders / mills are becoming very hard to find.
The mill is made out of heavy cast iron and weighs around 55lbs.
The hopper & catch container appears to be aluminum or some other type of metal.
There are holes in the base for mounting to a counter or table.
Mill stands approximately 22-1/2" tall from bottom of base to the top of hopper.
It is approximately 12" wide from the outside of each wheel.
I'm not sure if this model originally came with a lid or not. I have seen some types for sale with lids and some with not. I have also seen some with an eagle on top & some with a round ball and some with just the open hopper. I believe it depends on what year it was manufactured but I am not 100% sure.
The handle and wheels turn smoothly.
I wanted to test it out so I ground up a small amount of dry beans.
I am not familiar with the internal workings of these mills but it appears to function.
There is a spring on the shaft that holds the wheel out, then you apply pressure to engage it.
I'm not 100% sure how to operate it, so I didn't mess around with it too much.
I have only wiped the dust off of it. I will leave any cleaning, etc. up to the buyer.
The double wheels are 17" in diameter.
It wheels read "ELGIN NATIONAL COFFEE MILL" on the outside of each one.
The insides of the wheels read "WOODRUFF & EDWARDS CO. ELGIN, ILL".
The bottom of the base is embossed with the number "42".
There is gold and white pinstriping on the red "body".
The wheels are black with gold embossed lettering.
There is also some blue on the wheels. (see photos). It appears to be some kind of primer or undercoating but I am not sure.
I didn't want to try cleaning anything too much since this is over 100 years old and I did not want to decrease the value.
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