1919

our story begins

Established as a family business in the City of London by Julian Cowan, Cole & Mason was initially founded as a giftware company and quickly and successfully expanded into general hardware and housewares.

1946

THE CAPSTAN MILL

A wooden mill artfully turned by hand, the Capstan mill was an instant hit and is still in production today, having had only a few small modifications made to the original design.

1975

OUR FIRST ACRYLIC MILL

We launched the worlds first acrylic mill, the "505" in 1975. Julian Cowan, son of founder David Cowan, was inspired by a friend's dining room's acrylic doornobs; and so an icon was born - and is still available to buy today.

1981

the duo mill

We patent the first mill mechanism to store both salt and pepper together, pairing classic inovation with timeless style.

1986

THE QUEEN'S AWARD

We were awarded the Queens Award for Innovation and Engineering for 1986, cementing our place in British design history, with recognition of our exceptionally engineered mechanisms.

2001

our first electronic mill

The Manhattan Mill is introduced to make cooking a breeze. Using the automatic button at the top, it allows the chef to use one hand to grind and the other to stir or pour.

2010

the derwent mill

Our premium range of grind select mills give the cook complete control with 6 pre-set grind levels for pepper and 3 pre-set grind levels for salt, to provide precise adjustment of the grind from fine to coarse. Our Derwent Mill was introduced to much fanfare as it teams both internal innovation with contemporary styling, available in five metallic shades.

2019

Celebrating 100 years

We celebrated a century making award winning mills and kitchen accessories by creating a limited edition mill, named the Knightsbridge, after one of our original ‘Peter Piper’ mills, which was manufactured by Park Green & Co in Knightsbridge, London.

2023

today and beyond

Our new collection builds on a century long status as the Experts in Seasoning, and is an ode to the city of London, the birthplace of Cole & Mason. Inspired by the capital's Art Deco and industrial British architecture, 2023 brings some of our most beloved British design icons into the 21st century. The ultimate fusion of heritage, design and ontemporary aesthetic results in a collection that is more innovative than ever before.

exceptional kitchen accessories

Available in an extensive range of tones and finishes, guaranteed to suit any contemporary or traditional kitchen

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