Coffee or Spice Mill

Coffee or Spice Mill

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This spice mill belonged to a member of the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the second half of the 18th century. The mill is made of turned wood with an iron handle and metal grinding mechanism.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
mill, spice
date made
1675 - 1700
place made
United Kingdom: England
place used
United States: Connecticut, Stonington
Physical Description
lignum vitae (overall material)
iron (grinder; handle material)
brass (cover plate material)
overall: 6 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 17.4625 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
Household Tools and Equipment
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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