Hughes Emile Blondelet was born in 1875. At the young age of 15, he joined the Thibouville-Lamy(JTL) Workshop in Mirecourt. He quickly made a name for himself due to his excellent workmanship. By the age of 33, he was appointed co-director of the JTL firm. Later on in his life he owned his workshop in Mirecourt, and produced many instruments that now hold great value.