July 8, 2014 Preparing for Ebay – 1955 Copper Kitchenaid 3C

The Model K 3 C was in production from 1950 to 1962 when the Model K-45 was introduced.

In 1955 Kitchenaid began producing the 3 C in colors and also in chrome finish and copper.  The latter was shipped with a lacquer coating to preserve the finish but industrious homemakers used abrasive cleaners a bit too vigorously and many of these machines, including this one, have had mild to moderate damage to the finish, especially on areas where the material being processed might be deposited.   I have seen three, besides this one, and all have evidence of damage to the finish.

Still, in spite of the less than perfect appearance of the finish, this is an attractive mixer and as it is fairly rare, should be interesting to serious collectors.

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The following photos shows the area where there is most damage to the copper finish, virtually worn away, obviously from using abrasive cleaners.

Other areas on the body of the mixer exhibit fine scratches and some scuffing around areas of greatest exposure.

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One Response to July 8, 2014 Preparing for Ebay – 1955 Copper Kitchenaid 3C

  1. Erin says:

    I bought a copper Hobart Kitchenaid model 3C mixer this morning on eBay. It is heavily tarnished. What would you recommend to polish it? Barkeepers Friend? Copperbrill by Mauviel? Do you know if it’s real copper or just an applied finish? Also, my mixer came w/aluminum beehive bowl instead of Pyrex glass bowl. I’ve collected several Hobart mixers over the years & have one for each daughter when there ready to leave the nest. I love the vintage look over the newer Kitchenaid bullet style. I’m looking for another can opener attachment & knife sharpener attachment as well. The older, heavy duty kind, not the “newer” ones that caused Kitchenaid to discontinue them. Any help would be so appreciated.

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