“Wood back and hopper, glass front, chilled iron grinders, front thumbscrew adjustments, japanned cast iron body and handle detachable iron cup. Capacity one pound. (Also called X-Ray Coffee Mill and No. 1). No. 1 – Height overall 13 in.. Per dozen $9.50, Half dozen in a case” ~Original product description quoted from the Arcade Mfg Co. 1918 catalog
This is actually one of my favorite antique coffee mills of all time. I love Crystal No. 3 mills too. But maybe because X-Ray grinder is hard to find (in good condition) and it was cleverly named, I just love X-Ray grinder. I also love the wooden bean hopper.
When you are purchasing one of these grinders, make sure to check if the front glass is original. If it’s not, The value of your grinder will be significantly minimized. One way to tell if the glass is original is by looking at the label on the first glass. But there’s a good chance the label didn’t survive the age. No label doesn’t mean the glass isn’t original.
Arcade X-Ray Coffee Grinders for Sale
More Information on the X-Ray Mill (circa 1890-1920)
- Other names: No. 1 X-Ray & No. 250 Mill
- Materials: varnished hardwood, with black enameled parts; cast-iron lid and receiving cup; holds one pound of coffee visible to the consumer.
- Measurements: 13 1/2″ tall