Seller: cornettsville (409) 100%, Location: Cornettsville, Kentucky, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 282247775062 In 1889 the C. H. Woodruff foundry, which had been making school furniture almost exclusively, introduced the Elgin National coffee mill for groceries, hotels, and restaurants. Sales were brisk, and the number of employees rose from 40 to 65 within a year. The first mills were painted black or maroon with gilt striping. The hoppers were either black or polished nickel. The grinding burrs were steel. The two large turning wheels were adapted for use by either hand or motor power. Heavy pig iron was unloaded from a railroad side track at the North State Street plant and taken to the cupola in an elevator. The molten metal was poured into sand molds. The castings which emerged were then placed in rattling machines which cleared away the hardened sand. After the rough edges were ground off, the castings were bored and the parts assembled. The last stages in the manufacturing process were painting and japanning. Elgin National mills were later made in both counter top and floor models and were finished in red, blue, and gold bronze colors. The largest was 68-1/2 inches high, had wheels 34 inches in diameter, and weighed 365 pounds. It could hold up to nine pounds for grinding. The smallest, for household use, was only about a foot high and weighed 20 pounds. Before production ended in 1917, when a fire destroyed the molds, coffee mill wheels were used by Elgin boys on the pushmobile and coaster cars they built during the years of the Elgin Road Races. The Elgin Nationals are now highly prized by antique collectors and can be seen as period pieces in many historical exhibits. One way of determining the age of an Elgin made mill is the name of the manufacturer on the wheel. The C. H. Woodruff Company did not become Woodruff & Edwards until 1900. This coffee mill is 45 inches tall with wheels 25 inches wide. It is a very beautiful piece with its bronze eagle. It has been repainted once in its life many years ago. The paint is has a nice patina on it if you like that look however if you are a person that wants it looking like it is brand new the paint could use redone. I cant find which model it is but from looking at others I think its a model 42. It is a pre 1900 model. I will gladly ship it but beware it is very heavy. I have not weighed it but I'm guessing its close to a 100 lbs. Also local pickup is welcome and I have no problem driving it somewhere at buyers cost (I will help anyway I can with getting it to you). Thanks for looking at please check my other auctions if you are interested antiques. If you want to make any offer please message me. Worst I can say is no.