An extremely early and rare Charles I laburnum coffee or spice mill, circa 1640 - 1650
Lot 484
An extremely early and rare Charles I laburnum coffee or spice mill, circa 1640 - 1650
Sold for £4,000 (US$ 6,536) inc. premium

Lot Details
An extremely early and rare Charles I laburnum coffee or spice mill, circa 1640 - 1650 A rare late 17th century laburnum coffee or spice grinder A rare late 17th century laburnum coffee or spice grinder A rare late 17th century laburnum coffee or spice grinder
An extremely early and rare Charles I laburnum coffee or spice mill, circa 1640 - 1650
The mechanism with crank handle with decorative chamfers and laburnum terminal housed in the central square compartment, decorated to all four sides with rose turnings, topped by a threaded reservoir with threaded acorn finial, and with conforming threaded reservoir with bung terminal below, a domed foot probably lacking here, decorated throughout with bands of reeding and with bands of punched lines and dots, 33cm high

Footnotes

  • Owen Evan-Thomas, Domestic Utensils of Wood (1992), Plate 32, illustrates an almost identical example in lignum vitae and dates it to the latter part of the reign of Charles I. The illustrated example has a domed circular foot, which is lacking to the example sold here.

    Coffee mills of the mid-17th century Commonwealth period are of a different form, but are decorated with the same line and dot punch decoration, and bands of gadrooning or reeding, as slightly earlier examples. See, for instance, a 'lighthouse' form lignum vitae coffee grinder, dated circa 1650, sold Christie's, Treen for the Table: Jonathan Levi Collection, 8th November 2006, Lot 75.

    The exact date of the introduction of coffee into England is unknown, but it is reputed that the first coffee-house to open here was set up in Oxford in 1652 by a Jewish man named Jacob at the Angel in the parish of St Peter in the East. It is now known as the 'Grand Cafe'.
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