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.
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.