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Unidentified Feed Mill, Grist Mill, Grinder


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Old 08-28-2009, 11:12:49 AM
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Recently acquired this grinder, and am wondering if anyone could help me to identify it. It appears to be an early model, was more than likely painted red with green accents and white pin striping. Can anyone tell me where and by whom it was manufactured? Any information, literature old ads showing this item would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all your cooperation.
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is there any way you can upload some slightly larger pictures? These came in about the size of thumbnails. Thanks! I'll dig around and see if I can come up with anything.
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try this I have Shawn's mill at my place. Bob
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I knew I had seen one like this before. Someone else within the last month or so posted some pictures of a nearly identical unit with the name Big Giant stenciled on the hopper. I believe that to be either a model number or a house-brand sold through another company (like Sears...many familiar brands of grinders were sold under different names in the Sears catalogues). So with lack of additional information, i'd call yours a Big Giant feed mill!

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Jeb,

Thanks for your photos and information. I have been told by a fellow collector, whose opinion I value greatly, that this was sold by Montgomery Ward, so your house brand comment is on target. I have a Sears catalog, but it is from the 20's, and there is nothing close to this grinder. Possibly an older Montgomery Ward catalog can produce some more info. Thanks again for your assistance, it's truly appreciated!
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Actually, I do see it in the Sears catalog (from issue #103 1896-1897 through fall 1909). I went to Duke University library to sort through the microfilm archives that they have of the old Sears catalogs to study the history and progression of the David Bradley Feed grinders. I printed off scans from several pages from different years. Your comment about Montgomery Wards prompted me to look and There it is! However, it may have been an earlier model as it has a round hopper rather than square.

The interesting thing is that some of the grinders have the diamond shaped leg braces and some have the rounded leg braces and this seems to be related to the size of the unit. Even MORE interesting is that within the same box on the 1900 catalog page is a listing for the Number 5 Double Mill, which is absolutely an Appleton mill (but Appleton calls it a number 8). The mills shown with the rounded leg braces look very much like the Goodhue grinder shown in the 1899 Appleton catalog (courtesy of Steve Barr). As such, it seems to be a strong correlation that these mills were built by Appleton but sold under the Big Giant brand name through Sears.

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Jeb,

Thanks for the wonderful ads and information on my mill. Great information to have, and I appreciate all your efforts! Today my son Ben and I went to Bob's (where the grinder is at this time) to spend some time getting it in shape for our upcoming county fair. We had done quite a bit of preliminary work on it earlier in the week, so we thought today would be a good day for it's trial run. Ben brushed on some linseed oil mixed with mineral spirits. Really brought out some color. Although the pictures dont show it very well, there is quite a bit of paint and pin striping on it. Bob belted up his 1 1/2 hp Chanticleer, and we were ready to go. The mill performed very well, grinding fine or course with no issues whatsoever. Here are a few pictures of our fun in the sun! Thanks again!
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Hello Shawn
The mill that Jeb pictured I ended up with it is a no 1 notice you have no 2 on yours what size are your mill plates mine would be somewhere around 6" if i had them. I done a google search for big giant mill and found that around the pantent dates on our mills the J.A. Fields Company was using the Big Giant name on a horse powerd mill there is some intersting reading in this book it even shows a horse powerd mill with a seat. It is a google book reiview of an annual meeting of sugar growers. Ps if you would a picture of your mill plates would appreciated not sure what to look for. thanks
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