Francis Mordan established a fountain pen making business at 6 Goswell Street, Clerkenwell in London, in the late 1830s. He specialised in the manufacture of gold-nibbed pens that were made to a very high standard, each one being individually numbered.
By 1862 F. Mordan & Co. was at the Albion Works, 326 City Road.
The company displayed their wares at the International Exhibition in London in 1862 and at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, where one reporter commented that “Francis Mordan exhibits a very good assortment of gold pens, and the most beautiful penholders I have yet seen. They are made in silver and silver gilt, the design pattern is a facsimilie of the old goosequill pens when cut and trimmed for use. The feathering is most beautifully executed, and they are also very richly jewelled round the quill part of the holder, altogether having a very handsome appearance.”
Francis Mordan died in 1868 though the company continued trading until at least 1906.