Here is an opportunity to own a coffee grinder designed for the young girls of the early 20th century. These were so popular that they were sold independently as penny toys. Dad could pick one up from a street vendor to give to his daughter who wanted to be just like Mom. Boys got toy cars and trains, girls got dishes and coffee grinders. Hmm.
This example has ground a lot of coffee beans. But it still works! It makes a plinking sound when the hand crank is turned.
This toy is not marked in any way. We suspect it was made in Germany based on the colors, size and construction. Its simplistic style, surely marks it as an early 20th century toy.
Size: 2" x 2" x 2"
Condition: The color is lacquered cherry—a popular color from the late 19th and early 20th century. The paint has lots of wear. Most likely there would have been a wood knob on the crank for turning. Long gone now.
Reference books refer to this as being a musical toy because of the sound it makes