He produced pens of the highest quality. Among his many skills was knowledge of metallurgy, heat treatment and all the different processes which made up a steel pen. The firm opened a London office in 1888.
One of their famous reservoir pens was called ‘Time is Money’. They were the sole makers of Joseph Rudhall & Co (Estab. 1843) steel pens. Hughes also made fountain pens fitted with the perflo feeder nib. The firm ceased manufacture around 1960.
Source: Courtesy Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association
John J Jewett of London wrote in August 1901: ‘I enclose (P.O. 3/- for a gross of your Golden Shoulder (Pens No. 500 – they are the best pens I ever used in my life, and I am over 75.’