Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

John Mitchell (1798- )

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John Mitchell, pen maker

1798 John Mitchell was born in Sheffield

He moved to 36, Newhall Street, Birmingham right in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

His brother, William, became a major pen manufacturer, and his sister, Maria, married another Birmingham pen maker, Joseph Gillott.

c.1822 he applied tools used in the cutlery and jewellery trades to the manufacture of steel pens. The use of the hand press increased production and cut costs. He traded as John Mitchell

Many of his pens were sold in France and Belgium, particularly popular were "les plumes ballon" which became a household name.

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