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Coffee Grinder help? For Erin-Marie: I...

Coffee Grinder help?

For Erin-Marie: I purchased what I believe is a coffee grinder. It seems to be brass and is just over 12 inches in height. It's fairly heavy and has what i think are Asian symbols of some sort on it. I think its fairly old. Maybe 30's or 40's? Any information would be great! P.S - I can't include pics from here so will add them to the question.

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Antique Expert: Erin-Marie Wallace, CEO of Rare-Era.com Appraisals & Auctions replied 1 year ago
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I've a hunch of what you have based on the description but I'll be on the lookout for the picture before I get ahead of myself.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Sorry! Here they are.
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Antique Expert: Erin-Marie Wallace, CEO of Rare-Era.com Appraisals & Auctions replied 1 year ago

Is that clear glass on the front and back and can you tell what's visible behind the glass?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
It's mirrored glass all around. We feel that it has been replaced at some point though and is not original to the piece.
The insides are not visible.
Antique Expert: Erin-Marie Wallace, CEO of Rare-Era.com Appraisals & Auctions replied 1 year ago

You are on the same track as I. While it is currently a hand-crank coffee grinder/mill, I feel like it may be a marriage piece as the drawer, top plate and handle to not conform to the same decoration as the body and these shapes are more commonly seen on European grinders. I've also never seen a Chinese coffee grinder before, tons of tea implements but very few specifically for coffee. Therefore, what I'm trying to determine is, if the piece was married together what might have the base been in it's first 'life'. Your thoughts...

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Wow. From me and my BF (who never thinks this of anyone) - you are brilliant!
As soon as you suggested a marriage item, he yelled "chinese lantern"!
After looking at a couple, I am sure that you are both right.
I'm still interested in your thoughts on age and value!
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Ok....Now we are also thinking it could be a Japanese or Buddhist lantern.
BF also thinks it could have been some sort of elegant travel bird cage.....I think its far too heavy for that but some of the pics he's showing me are similar.
Antique Expert: Erin-Marie Wallace, CEO of Rare-Era.com Appraisals & Auctions replied 1 year ago

A lantern is a good choice, the way the Dragons are molded are more indicative of Chinese rather than Japanese .... I was thinking perhaps a carriage clock base c. 1890 - 1900 and your interior photos make me lean even more in that direction but a lantern is an interesting and probable suggestion; I'm going back into my archives to do a little more research.

A lot of carriage clocks had openings in both sides as well as a panel in the top, similar to this extravagant model. Because I can't find an exact match to your base, if you'd like I can open it up to the whole community at this time and see if they have more to add. Once I do that, I'm not able to respond to this specific thread so before I do, do you have any additional questions from me?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I don't have any more questions now but I would love to have it opened up to the community because I'd love to have a value on it.
I think the symbols on them mean something as well.
Thanks for everything!
More to come this week.
Antique Expert: Erin-Marie Wallace, CEO of Rare-Era.com Appraisals & Auctions replied 1 year ago

Certainly... I will pass this onto the rest of the expert community, and look forward to further assisting you.

Cheers!

Erin-Marie

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