|Title:||Excelsior Arcade Coffee Grinder|
|Description:||This is an Excelsior Wall mount cast iron coffee grinder with a "bean" holder that is blue and gold. It is made by Arcade|
|Condition:||It has paint loss, the upper left front corner has a dark mark that has made the E and X barely visible. It has the clear window in front and also has the ledge that held the catch cup. There is no catch cup. It also has the top lid......appears complete except for the catch cup. It is mounted on a board and was that way when I bought it.|
|Origin:||I bought this at a local auction about 7 years ago. I had never seen this particular Arcade and tried to find information on it. At that time the President of a National Coffee Grinder and Mill Association told me that there were only 4 of these Arcades known in private collection. I never could find much info on it and All she would tell me is "you have a treasure...hang on to it"|
|Provenance:||Just the local auction I bought it off of and I bought it cause I love Arcades but had never seen this one before. And I also loved the primitive aspect of it.|
|Appraised By:||Judith Katz-Schwartz|
|Appraiser Comments:||The Arcade Manufacturing Company, founded in 1885, was a major producer of coffee grinders in the Freeport, Illinois area and across the entire country for over 50 years. Important inventions by Edgar and Charles Morgan in the late 1800s enabled the company to introduce a variety of attractive wall mills. These included their Telephone Mills, their X-Ray and Royal models, the Jewel, the Bell, and the Golden Rule, among others. Production of coffee mills continued until well into the 1930s. Arcade's most popular mill, "The Crystal" was first made after the turn of the 20th century.
Mills such as yours were mounted on boards to make them easier to attach to the side of a kitchen cabinet. Your toleware metal bean hopper was an attempt by Arcade in the early 20th century to gain some of the market share held by companies like Enterprise, who made similar items. But, The Crystal proved so much more popular, that Arcade didn't produce this one for very long.
Although your mill is rare, it is also incomplete, and not in great condition. The receptacle is an important part, and without it you only have a partial coffee mill. If you are able to replace it, you will greatly improve the value of your mill. The stains and missing paint on the metal portion will also detract from its value.
Since I am unable to examine this item in person, it is assumed for the purpose of this appraisal to be a circa 1900 Arcade Excelsior coffee mill, in incomplete condition, missing the catch cup, and with some paint loss and stains, and no other flaws whatsoever. The values given below are based on these assumptions.
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