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British Pens

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May 1947.

of Pedigree Works, Birmingham

1920 The company was formed when Hinks, Wells and Co and William Mitchell came together at the Pedigree Works in Birmingham.

1921 Cumberland Pencils was acquired

After World War II, staff from the London Jewel Co joined them and they began to produce ball point pens.

In the 1960s British Pens acquired the pen businesses of Perry and Co (Pens), John Mitchell and Joseph Gillott and Sons.

1975 As part of the Twinlock group its name was changed to Cumberland Graphics

1982 Byron Head, the Managing Director of William Mitchell (sinkers) and British Pens bought the two companies from Twinlock.

The company still makes pens in the West Midlands.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] The Pen Museum.