"The Peugeot family of Valentigney, Montbéliard, Franche-Comté, France, began in the manufacturing business in the 18th century. In 1842, they added production of coffee, pepper, and salt grinders."
The article states the lion trademark dates to 1858 but this mill is much newer that that. This mill is not designed to grind for espresso since the adjustment is stepped but rather is designed to provide superb results grinding for French press. The substantial shaft is supported at the top by a large bushing and also at the bottom close to where the inner burr connects by another strap. This allows the burrs to remain stable even grinding particles as large as 1/8th of a peppercorn (far larger than you want to brew with). The consistency when grinding for press is phenomenal - I sifted the results using a Kitchen screen hand sifter (much larger spacing than my Bodum press filter) and got a very small amount of dust - not enough to even register on my gram scale.
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