Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Italian Marble: Green, Red & Brown Pearl
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '1' Nib: Fine Semi Flex
Filling System: Lever Filler
The Full Story
Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd was originally established as Mabie Todd and Bard of New York, USA in 1873 and began production in the UK in 1905 under licence.
The UK branch bought out the US outfit in the early 1920’s and Mabie Todd became a wholly owned British company, thriving thanks to British preferences for conservative design and reliability and successful advertising campaigns.
The SWAN Self Filler came in a variety of finishes, few are rarer than this Italian marbled finish with rich red, browns and greens it is a beautiful and eye catching instrument. The nib is a SWAN No.1, which offers the full spectrum of line variation from a fine to a double broad. The pen has been serviced and is ready to write.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or chips.
The lever bar is slightly discoloured, and the clip is not quite flush to the cap, however the imprints are bold and crisp and the pen is nice and clean and shiny. There is an engraving 'EM Whitcombe, which is barely visible to the eye but is nonetheless present.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 112mm
Length uncapped: 102mm
Barrel diameter: 11mm
Cap diameter: 12mm