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Collection of Old Meat Grinders

Old meat grinders reminder of days past.

| August 2014

  • A portion of Leroy’s display of meat grinders and early household items on display at the Big Knob Antique Tractor and Equipment Assn. show, Rochester, Pa.
    Photo by Erin Blank
  • An Enterprise meat grinder (or chopper, back in the day) on display.
    Photo by Erin Blank
  • A cast iron Belgian waffle maker from Leroy’s collection.
    Photo courtesy Leroy and Janet Bintrim
  • Detail of an Enterprise “Tinned” grinder.
    Photo courtesy Leroy and Janet Bintrim

I am homespun and rustic. I love to go to fairs, and antique and tractor shows. My hobby became a collection many years ago. I had gathered a few meat grinders from sales and family members. I thought they were interesting. I clamped them all on a shelf, and I hung my hats on the handles.

One day I was told that if you display a collection at some county fairs, they may give you a few tickets for the week. So I gathered up about 40 grinders and set off for the county fair. My mother had collected coffee pots; she showed them there. We ended up receiving three tickets each. The quest was on. If it worked at one fair, maybe the next county’s fair would be the same. Sure enough, more tickets. The next event that year was the antique tractor show. What better to display than antique meat grinders? Now my collection started getting bigger.

As I started displaying my collection, people began asking me if I had a business card. Business cards? For a collection? These people often had an old grinder they wanted to get rid of and offered it to me. Although I’ve gotten many of the grinders in my collection that way, I’ve also purchased some from other collectors.

When we attended a heritage festival, someone told my mom, “You need to have cast iron, too.” So she went home and brought back the Dutch ovens and griddles that we still use. Off went another line of collecting.

Eventually I became a collector of meat grinders, cast iron, aluminum and pottery. What started out as a collection of 40 grinders has expanded to almost 200 pieces. If I had a nickel for every time someone said, “My grandmother had one of those … ” I’d be rich.

My collection had grown so large that I needed a way to display so it could be seen from every side. I had a set of wooden shelves made that can be easily dismantled. The shelves are held to the sides by wooden pegs, adding to the antique feel.

12/11/2016 11:16:19 AM

My father has passed away and in his collection has about 500 plus meat grinder s Looking to part with them. If any one interested please call 320-629-7867 thank you, Sheldon


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