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A fine example of a 19th century, French, cast iron coffee mill. This piece was made by Peugeot brothers, the same company who now make cars. They started a foundry in the early 1800's making pepper and coffee mills and then turned to making cars in the late 19th century. This piece is marked, in the casting 'PEUGEOT FRERES BREVETES S.C.D.G.' and it dates from c.1880. It is also marked with a number '2' and the letter 'A'. The main body of the piece is cast iron, the cover, which slides open to take the coffee beans, is brass and the draw which contains the coffee after grinding is wooden. It also has a large, cast iron wheel, which forms the handle, and examples of this form are more unusual than the more simple form. The overall effect is very decorative as well as being practical. This example has been overhauled and is in excellent condition, so it could still be used.
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