I'm not a coffee drinker myself - I prefer tea - but I think this is the neatest thing to have on display in my kitchen! I can just imagine the sweet aroma of coffee beans being ground in this every morning in someone's old house. I bet it helped to warm up many cold mornings for someone!
Several years ago our family visited a working plantation in Louisiana, and Daughter and Little Son got to really use a coffee grinder, almost just like this one - they thought it was fun to learn how they did things in the "olden days" (and fun to tell the other people there "We have one of these in our house!").