What Is this Vintage Kitchen Gadget?

updated May 2, 2019
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It’s more than a gadget, really. It’s a piece of furniture that takes up an entire wall. Any ideas? Manually operated tea kettle? Magical bubblegum maker?

It’s an antique Danish coffee grinder. Coffee grinder cabinet, actually. We’re not sure if the grinder still works or it’s just a decorative piece of furniture, but this Boston homeowner went to great lengths to use it in her kitchen. She found it at a Vermont antiques store and originally had it on the other side of the room, before she renovated.

Here’s what it looked like before:

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Would you have hauled that home from an antiquing trip? Not us. And yet once it was refinished, it fits in beautifully.

Does anyone know anything else about this type of grinder? Is the cabinet integral to the mechanics or just for storage?

See the entire kitchen (including a stunning Aga stove!) at Traditional Home.

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