John Mitchell (1798- )
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.
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.