Whilst D. Leonardt and Co continue to boom, 1870 saw the birth of another pen company looking to capitalise on the success of Birmingham’s pen trade. Andrew Charles formed T. Hessin & Co to make high quality nibs. There are now two hugely successful companies in the second city!

Whilst the expansion of the whole trade was rapid, the late 19th- Century saw D. Leonardt expand quicker than any other manufacturer in the West Midlands, gaining four more premises in Birmingham, merging with Hewitt & Co and explorting new horizons overseas.


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