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Oct 31, 2008 08:55 AM

Borel peppermill

Yesterday I picked up a large wooden peppermill at a second hand shop. It's marked underneath as Borel (France). It seems to work well - does anyone know this brand? I couldn't resist because it was $3.99 and in perfect shape. Just wondering if I got a treasure or not.

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  1. I think I found the same thing yesterday at a local thrift shop--wood, about 11 inches tall, "BOREL FRANCE" stamped on the bracket under the grinding mechanism. Works great. Got mine for a buck. Woo hoo! I love a bargain.

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      1. re: Nyleve

        Nearly a year on from your original posting, I found this message, and can tell you that 36 years ago we hosted a French boy called Jaques Borel, (a school exchange with our daughter), who is a son of the Borel Company who make the peppermills. They presented us with one around 11 inches high, with a Peugeot mechanism, and it's still going strong and in use every single day. It lives at the back of our AGA, within easy reach of the table. You certainly had a bargain as in the UK, similar ones were around £30. Happy grinding!!

        Ann Smith, Warwickshire UK.

        1. re: gagaasmith

          That's amazing. I still have the Borel grinder and am not using it regularly because I like my Peugeot ones a little better. But I'm not getting rid of it anytime soon - might pass it along to one of my kids or begin using it if my Peugeot starts to fizzle. I seem to have a sickness that compels me to buy any good pepper grinder that I find at a garage sale or thrift shop. Last night I watched that terrifying TV show - Hoarders - and am now concerned that in ten years I'll be unable to move around my house because of thousands of pepper grinders. I think maybe I need an intervention.

          1. re: gagaasmith

            My dad bought a new wooden Borel peppermill many years ago, but its gigantic! 28''! I'd love to get my hands on one like it. Where in the UK can you buy Borel? I've tried to search the internet for Borel, but I can only find small antique ones and usually pewter..

      2. I have a peugot peppermill that I paid about $50 for last year. Sweet deal!

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