George II Lignum Vitae Coffee Grinder
George II Lignum Vitae Coffee Grinder
George II Lignum Vitae Coffee Grinder
George II Lignum Vitae Coffee Grinder
George II Lignum Vitae Coffee Grinder

George II Lignum Vitae Coffee Grinder

c. 1750 England

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Of barrel or bullet shape. Topped with a screw-off stylised acorn finial. The body in three sections and with a folding iron handle.

Pinto comments that: ‘[o]n coffee’s introduction into England, the beans are said to have been brayed by a pestle and mortar. Naturally this laborious method of pulverizing, quickly created demand for a more mechanical contrivance.’ He illustrates a number of examples in ‘Treen and Other Wooden Bygones’ and explains that the design of coffee mills followed the same basic layout. (Edward H. Pinto, ‘Treen and Other Wooden Bygones’ (Bell & Hyman Limited, London, 1979), fig. 180).

Jonathan Levi illustrates a late 18th Century lignum vitae ‘bullet shaped’ coffee grinder in ‘Treen for the table’, also with an acorn finial, in ‘Treen for the Table: Wooden Objects related to Eating and Drinking’ (Antique Collectors’ Club, Suffolk, 1988), p.118, plate 8/16.

In his book ‘Domestic Utensils of Wood’, Owen Evan-Thomas also illustrates a number of similar shaped coffee grinders (Stobart Davies, Hertford, 1992), plates 31 and 33.
Bibliography:
Edward H. Pinto, ‘Treen and Other Wooden Bygones’ (Bell & Hyman Limited, London, 1979), fig. 180; pp.180-181.
Jonathan Levi, ‘Treen for the Table: Wooden Objects related to Eating and Drinking’ (Antique Collectors’ Club, Suffolk, 1988)
Owen Evan-Thomas, ‘Domestic Utensils of Wood’ (Stobart Davies, Hertford, 1992)
Dimensions
Height 25.50 cm (10.04 inches)
Width 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Depth 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Stock Code
6613
Medium
Lignum Vitae and iron
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