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This is the classiest sandwich grill ever!

Star-Rite Sandwich Toaster

The grill plates measure six inches square on this sandwich grill. The handles, knob, feet and switch are all original and undamaged.

The design is stunning. The Bakelite handles are octagonal with a turning in the center, and attach to arms with fine coining in an acanthus or feather design, I can't quite tell. The base has open work on the front (it looks like an old Buick grill.) It sits on Bakelite feet that scroll outward from each corner. There is a large switch on the right side marked ON and OFF with feathered arrows in each direction. The graceful arm supports the pivoting lid and ends with a large octagonal knob. And, the arm and lid are balanced to conveniently stand upright.

This piece is fully refurbished with new internal wiring and aside from a small plating blemish in the lid it is in excellent condition.

Star-Rite Sandwich Toaster
The Fitzgerald Mfg. Co. Torrington, Conn.
Watts 450 Volts 110 Made in U.S.A.

Shipping Weight: 7 Lbs


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KitchenAid Electric Coffee Mill

The A-9 and the A-10 coffee mills were both patented by David A. Meeker and Douglas Hauser of Troy, Ohio. The patent for the model A10 was filed in 1937 and A9 was filed in 1940. However, the KitchenAid web site credits Egmont Arens as the designer. (Thanks to Lucy for the information.)

The A-9 sold for $9.95 sales were good, but sales for the A-10 at $12.95 were miserable and it sold for just one year.

The KitchenAid electric coffee mill is a burr type grinder that adjusts with the rotation of the black collar ring, from Fine to Coarse in about a dozen gradations. Just flip the switch to grind the desired quantity into a filter paper or other container, from fine for espresso to coarse for percolators. No messy lid to remove or brush to extract the coffee. It stands about 15 inches tall.

The booklet for the contemporary famous KitchenAid mixer included a page about this grinder

The original glass hopper sports vertical ribbing and holds a pound of beans. The jar measures 4.5 inches in diameter and six inches high, topped with a lid that screws off to add beans easily. The white enamel finish is in excellent condition.

With regular use and any reasonable care, it is good to go for another decade or two! This is one of the greatest of American kitchen appliances from the great Hobart Company.

KitchenAid Model A-9
Hobart Mfg. Co.
Troy, Ohio Made in U.S.A.

Shipping Weight: 11 Lbs.


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Serious coffee equipment

Joel and Candace in Point Roberts, Washington bought this model coffee mill and wrote to say JWe are very impressed with how the grinder performs, and can tell, thanks to your great restoration, it will run for many more years! The Sunbeam percolator we purchased in July is running steady & strong and makes a fabulous cup of coffee. And, the percolator & coffee mill look like two long lost friends happy reunited on our counter. So, many thanks to you for taking the time and care to restore these wonderful appliances. We may be in touch soon, our T-Fal toaster is looking sadly out of place with the rest of our appliances!

Perfect for a hunter and home butcher

Oster Electric Meat Grinder

In the 1940s-1950s Oster sold this massive commercial quality power unit which takes a number of attachments. The most popular attachment was the meat grinder pictured here, and the only attachment we have. This appliance would allow you to know exactly what's in the hamburger you serve to your family.

This is the most powerful non-commercial grinder we have ever found and is much sought after by sportsmen to process deer, elk and other game meat or individuals who wish to save money by custom blending their own ground meats.

The 3.1 amp motor powers a heavy reduction gear box housed inside a substantial cast housing measuring approximately 11 across the base by 9 inches high. With grinder attachment installed the total height is 12 inches. A large thumbwheel secures the grinder to the base, and it is a snap to remove the grinder for cleaning.

This piece is in very good condition with a few minor spots of paint loss. If you do a lot of meat processing you will not find a stronger more substantial or efficient unit. It comes fitted with the fine screen and cutter blade, the food pusher and a facsimile of the original booklet.

You can order additional screens in coarse and extra-coarse or a replacement cutter blade for $25 each, or $30 if purchased separately from the grinder.

Oster Electric Power Unit with Meat Grinder
115 Volts AC or DC 3.1 Amps 340 Watts
John Oster Manufacturing Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

Shipping weight: 13 Lbs.

$150 (as shown)
$220 in mint condition

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Nickie in Rifle, Colorado bought this model percolator and wrote to say I received my sunbeam percolator coffee pot and it is beautiful! :) The coffee is delicious too! It is wonderful to have a great cup of coffee again. I incourage anyone who is wondering about this coffee pot to give it a try, they will be glad they did. It is a joy to bring back a piece of American History to our kitchen.

Sunbeam Percolator

We've sold a truckload of Sunbeam waffle irons and toasters and deep fryers, and the magnificent quality of this percolator matches other Sunbeam appliances, not the least of which was the Mixmaster, and electric iron.

The percolator has a nice backlit control dial where you can select the type of brew you prefer, fill the pot with cold water, measure the coffee into the basket, using the proper grind for percolators, then insert the basket and seat the stem into the well. Plug it in, and wait for the lighted dial to change and percolating to stop. Delicious fresh coffee, and that wonderful aroma.

It has a wonderful incised design on the front that matches the Sunbeam toaster.

This one is in very good condition and comes with a detachable cord set and a facsimile of the original papers.

Sunbeam Automatic Percolator

Shipping Weight: 7 Lbs.


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Can you hear the gurgling?

Eric in New Orleans bought this model percolator and ordered another one. My percolator works flawlessly and the result is absolutely the best coffee that I have ever brewed in my home. The rich aroma alone takes me back to my childhood in Louisiana where my grandfather started every day with his own well-used percolator. Thanks a million!

Michele in Friendswood, Texas bought this model percolator and wrote to say Used the percolator for the first time today. It was fabulous! I am very, very pleased.

Jan in Astoria, Oregon bought this model percolator and wrote to say Just to let you know that the Sunbeam percolator arrived safely this afternoon. What a treat to have an appliance made in this country and not in China. Who would have known that these coffee makers would be a prize to have in the kitchen? Thank you so much for caring about these wonderfully made appliances and allowing those of us who appreciate the older things in life to have them once again in our possession. We will cherish our Sunbeam. Many, many thank yous.

Joel and Candace in Point Roberts, Washington bought this model percolator and wrote to say Thank you!! The Sunbeam percolator arrived safe and sound yesterday. It is just super! It runs perfectly & makes delicious coffee. We are thrilled to have such a beautifully crafted appliance NOT made in China! We are so impressed with it, that I think we need to look into buying the Kitchen Aid coffee grinder.

Beautiful Stainless Steel inside and out.

Presto Coffee Percolator

The sleek stainless steel styling belies how utterly functional this percolator is for making coffee. It is easy to use and even easier to clean. That's because it is completely submersible so you can dunk the whole thing in the dishpan, and because the vessel is stainless steel, it just takes the swipe of a sponge.

I grew up with a percolator like this one, and over the years watched it make an ocean of coffee while mom served up a wedge of her butterscotch meringue pie or coconut layer cake made with a freshly grated coconut.

Still in excellent condition, this one brews nine cups of piping hot coffee in a jiffy. They dubbed it the SuperSpeed.

Presto Coffee Percolator
National Presto Industries, Inc.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin U.S.A.
115 Volts, 500 Watts.

Shipping weight 7 Lbs.


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Shows use and wear and works just fine

Presto Coffee Percolator 12 cup size

This model looks just like the nine cup model, but just a bit larger to produce twelve cups of freshly brewed, piping hot coffee. This one shows use and wear, mostly damage to the name label and some abusive scratching on the lid.

If you are not so concerned about looks, this one is clean and working with all its parts, includes a detachable cord set and a good value.

Presto Coffee Percolator
National Presto Industries, Inc.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin U.S.A.
115 Volts, 500 Watts.

Shipping weight 7 Lbs.


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Neatness counts.

Crumb Sweeper

Back when, toasters were used at the breakfast table. So, to tidy up the crumbs, here is the fancy version of a silent butler -- you just gently roll the sweeper, and its little brushes pick up the crumbs. Little flaps open to empty the contents. Just the thing for the toast lover who has everything.

Manning-Bowman Crumb Sweeper

Shipping Weight: 2 Lbs.


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Swiss Crumb Sweeper

Here is another little crumb sweeper. I don't know of it's origin or age, but it seems to be a type of plastic with nylon wheels and brushes. I'd guess 1940s or 1950s. I had a customer from the Swiss Embassy who recognized the bird character on the top, pecking up crumbs, so lacking any better information, I'll call it Swiss.

Swiss Crumb Sweeper

Shipping Weight: 2 Lbs.


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Possibly from Switzerland


This device grips a slice of bread so it can be sliced half as thin. The insides of the jaws have sharp points to hold the bread firmly for slicing.



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tool for slicing bread thin

Miller's All-Width Bread Slicer

Is there someone in your house who can ruin a loaf of bread with just a regular slicing knife, hacking uneven slices and leaving a badly abused shape? This slicing knife comes with adjustable guide to make cutting even slices a snap. The guide is tightly fitted but easily adjustable to the desired width. It comes with the original beat up carton with some tips for using the knife with light, sawing pressure. The serated blade is still very sharp. The carton says it's for left-handed slicing, too, by mounting the guide on the other side of the blade. Ingenious!

Miller's All-Width Bread Slicer
Miller & Sons
Valley City, N.D.


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Home. . . 1920s. . . 1930s. . . 1940s & Later. . . Non electric. . . 220 Volt. . .
Waffle Irons. . . Corn Poppers. . . Fryers. . . Egg Cookers. . . Other. . .
Kitchen Props . . . Toast Racks. . . toasterNotes Cards. . .
Repair Service. . . Replacement Cord Sets. . . FAQ. . . Links. . .

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