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Antique coffee grinders have such appeal that there are organizations for people who collect and preserve them. There are, appropriately, coffee table books on antique coffee grinders and there is even a 10-pound, 1,300 page manual called “ The MacMillan Index of Antique Coffee Mills” by Joseph Edward MacMillan. An antique coffee grinder or mill can be an impressive display piece as well as a functional appliance. There are many collectors who clamor to get certain old mills and have paid a lot for them. Over more than 200 years there have been many makes and models and a couple of the most popular are those made by Arcade Manufacturing – especially the Crystal grinders - and Enterprise Manufacturing.
The Solvang Antique Center in Solvang, Calif. features several coffee mills in the sold section of its website. A Danish Double Hopper Coffee Mill made by Schroder and Jorgensons in 1830, according to the auction house website, went for $3,850.
An American 12-inch coffee mill made by Enterprise Manufacturing Co. in 1915 was sold for $2,150.
If you are interested in antique coffee grinders, you might be interested in joining the Association of Coffee Mill Enthusiasts. The group publishes a quarterly newsletter with photos of and articles antique mills, tips on restoration and want ads.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|