“Clear glass round canister, with the screw top. Glass tumbler with tablespoon graduations. Chilled steel grinders with screw adjustment, wall bracket gear casing, etc. Made of cast iron, japanned. Cup holder fitted with spring to hold a cup under grinder, making it airtight. Hopper screws on to frame and can be removed for cleaning.” ~No. 3 – Crystal – Capacity of hopper 1 pound, height overall 17 inches.
Original product description from the Arcade Mfg Co. 1918 catalog
One of the most popular antique coffee mills was/is Crystal No 3 from Arcade. Not only that, but it is also the most sought after model of the entire Arcade coffee mills. Crystal No 3 parts are easier to find compared to other Arcade’s antique coffee mills such as Crystal No. 1, 2, 4.
Crystal No. 3 mill has “Crystal No. 3” embossed on the glass hopper. Available in black, blue, white enamel, nickel plate, and oxidized copper. The catching cup graduations marked at tablespoon levels. It should be marked “Arcade Mfg. Co. “3” Freeport, I11.” in bottom.
Crystal No 3 Coffee Grinders for Sale
One of the reasons why this model was because of its interesting packaging method. We got to remember that these were made back in 1898-1930. They didn’t have bubble wraps or packing peanuts to protect the glass hopper. So Arcade came up with a new method of packing. The glass hopper was surrounded by excelsior and contained in a separate box inside. I haven’t yet to see the original unopened package being sold yet, and there is any in existence, but if you do find it.. that’s gotta go to a museum.