I bought this little pepper mill nearly 30 years ago at a church bazaar. I remember that day clearly. They wanted a quarter for it. I bargained hard and got it for a nickel. I pointed out that it was old and some of the paint had worn off (It used to be red, green, and ochre.) It was the best bazaar ever. I got tons of stuff. This pepper mill is the last thing I still have from that day. The paint has mostly warn off but the brass bits are still perfect and best of all it's the best grinder of all the ones I've tried. It's also special because it's made in Italy.