Hand-crafted Meat Grinder

Kampf Meat Grinder

Anthony Camp (Kampf) hand-crafted a meat grinder to use while living in Dalton between 1814 and his death in 1841. Click image to see the full-size picture. Photo ©2012 by Richard Lewellen.

This month’s featured item from our collection is a new piece recently donated by a descendant of the Anthony Camp (Kampf) family. Anthony Camp (Kampf) was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania on March 4, 1879 and died in Dalton, Ohio on October 13, 1841.

Anthony Camp (Kampf) and his family came to Wayne County after getting a land grant in the Dalton area from President James Madison in 1814. While struggling with pioneer life in Ohio, Anthony put some good old-fashioned American ingenuity to work and hand-crafted the wooden meat grinder pictured above. The meat grinder is estimated to be between 171 to 197 years old.


  1. Trena England says

    I have a very similar item and was wondering what the inside of your contraption looks like. I can send some photos of the inside of mine, if you like. At first, I suspected mine to be a tobacco cutter/ grinder, but after referencing with Cameron Wood at the Ohio Historical society, we suspect it may be a a late 17th century meat grinder.
    Can you either explain the inner-workings, or send a photo?
    Thank you.

  2. Trena England says

    Apology… When I initially posted, I mistakenly thought this was an email reply. Is it possible to delete my personal info from this posting?
    Thank you. 🙂

  3. Trena England says

    *Correction: The grinder mentioned in my previous comment probably dates to the late 1700’s, or early 1800’s
    It will be for sale soon. ~Trena

  4. This is great. Love the structure, safe and sound,and not acquiring a hell of a space.

  5. Really its awesome!

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