Original Crown Mill Paper
Steeped in tradition and imbued with a burning desire to deliver luxury, Original Crown Mill has been creating the world’s most distinguished writing paper since 1870. Exceptional craftsmanship and the finest materials are invested into every page that leaves the Original Crown Mill factory, signified by the crown watermark of excellence.
Choosing Original Crown Mill Paper
The Original Crown Mill ‘Classics’ line is a range of writing paper, envolopes and correspondence cards which are produced with the greatest care. Using lightly striated laid papers makes this range suitable for all traditional correspondence, such as social invitations.
The jewel of the Crown Mill range is the ‘Golden’ line. With ‘Deckled edges’ this paper embodies all of the skill and expertise of the craftsmen. Scalloped edges, handmade using traditional methods which offer all the nobility of authentic correspondence as it was in the past. This beautifully crafted collection is neatly laid out in gilt presentation box. A less formal alternative is available in the ‘Smooth Colours’ line, composed of paper, cards and envelopes in a range of 21 wonderful colours. A soft colour palette in combination with the quality of Original Crown Mill paper makes this ideal gift for any writing enthusiast.
Monks in the Mill
It began back in 1478 when Hapsburg Emperor Maximiliam I granted the monks of La Hulpe in Belgium permission to use the riverbank of the Argentine to construct a water mill. Over 200 years later, by appointment of Spanish King Charles II the mill became the Royal Mill for paper manufactory. Nearly two centuries after the events of the monks, Frédéric Pelletier opened a factory for fine writing paper and envelopes in Brussels, and placed an order with the mill. Delivered to him was an authentic copy of the original handmade paper, thus creating ‘Original Crown Mill’. Incessant innovation lead to the creation of silk-lined envelopes dressed in intricately decorated boxes and sealed with the company watermark. The successors to the founder have earned the privilege of supplying the Belgian Royal Family and some of the most illustrious families in Europe.
Crown Mill Paper: A History
The Original Crown Mill ‘Classics’ line is a range of different writing paper, envelopes and correspondence cards. They are created with the greatest care, and have been since 1870. Using lightly striated laid papers, this range is suitable for all traditional correspondence.
There are three paper qualities when it comes to Crown Mill paper:
Laid: This is considered the gold standard when it comes to the world of traditional paper. It’s lightly striated, so this timeless paper is ideal for all traditional uses such as personalized stationery, social invitations and formal correspondence.
Smooth: The smooth quality paper has a smoother, more natural matte surface with a uniform color and durable weight. It’s contemporary in its style and assures a flawless finish on all your communications.
Cotton: Original Crown Mill Pure Cotton paper has a natural, soft, felt finish that will bring an air of uncommon excellence to all your correspondence.
Crown Mill Paper: A History
The history of Crown Mill Paper has its roots in the modernist spirit of the Renaissance. It all began in 1478 when Emperor Maximilian allowed the monks of La Hulpe Monastery to build a mill on the banks of a tiny river known as the Argentine, Belgium. Just over two centuries later, on the orders of King Charles II, the very same water mill was considered the Royal Mill for the production of writing paper.
Following that, 1870 saw the arrival of the Crown Mill founder, Frédéric Pelletier. Frédéric opened a new factory specifically for writing paper and envelopes in Brussels, ordering from the Royal Mill a laid paper which was an authentic copy of the original handmade paper made back in 1478. From this, the “Original Crown Mill” paper we know and love today was born.
Frédéric Pelletier did not stop there as he was one of the first to create silk-lined envelopes that could be packaged in intricately decorated luxury boxes, each of them imprinted with the Crown Mill decorative company label (in true nineteenth-century style). From this, his successors were able to earn the privilege of supplying the Belgian Royal Family and some of the most illustrious families in Europe with their high-quality paper and envelopes.
This exceptional tradition continues today, and Pelletier is proud to be able to carry forward the craftsmanship and quality that made Original Crown Mill who they are: The most distinguished writing paper in the world.
Here at The Online Pen Company we stock the following lines - Computer Line, Classic Line, Colours Line, Golden Line and Luxury Sets.