Name: Antique The SWAN Pen Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1920's
Colour: Gold BarleycornDesign
Material: Gold Plated
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '2' Nib: Semi Flex Nib
Filling System: Leverless (Twist to fill)
Condition: Serviced, Excellent
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.
This example is a gorgeous gold plated 'SWAN Pen', made by Mabie Todd in the early years in London, c1920s. The pen features a superb semi flex nib and has been very well preserved, it has been fully serviced and is ready to provide years of lasting service.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
There is some very minor brassing present on the top of the cap and rear of the blind cap in particular and some gold plate loss at the base of the section.
The pen has been personalized on the barrel cartouche. This is subtly positioned and doesn't detract from what is a very well preserved and striking pen
A classic SWAN No.2 nib, a 14k gold semi flex nib which provides ample flex from a fine to a broad line.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 136mm
Length uncapped: 120mm
Barrel diameter: 11mm
Cap diameter: 12mm