Vintage SWAN Leverless Fountain Pen by Mabie Todd No.1042 14k Gold Fine Flex Nib

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Name: SWAN Leverless Fountain pen No.1042
Maker: Mabie Todd, England 
Colour: Marbled Blue Marble and Black
Material: Celluloid/ Gold
Nib: SWAN No.4 14k Nib: Fine Flex Nib
Filling System: Leverless (Twist to Fill)
Length: 132mm 
Condition: ServicedExcellent 

The Story 
The company originated in America during the 1860s when a Mr. Todd and a Mr. Mabie began making pencil cases and pen holders in New York. Later they were joined by the Bard Brothers who made Gold nibs and by 1873 the company of Mabie Todd and Bard were established in New York. SWAN pen are widely regarded as one of the finest makes of fountain pens, in their 80 years of production the quality of their nibs and the range of gorgeous finishes make these highly desirable writing instruments.

Here we have an excellently preserved SWAN leverless pen, simply twist the blind cap at the end of the barrel to fill, and write with a lovely large No.4 Swan nib, which writes a fine line and when pressed, offers line variation to a medium / broad.  The pen has been fully serviced and is ready to write

The Nitty-Gritty 
There are no major imperfections to note, no chips splits or engravings. 

There are some minor marks and micro-scratches on the cap and the cap band, a touch of brassing to the gold trim, and the rubber tassie on the cap is a little discoloured. Otherwise a beautiful well restored pen. 

Ink Recommendations
The natural pairing for this pen is Waterman's Harmonious Green, if green ink is not to your taste do try out another of Waterman's wonderful range. 

Measurements
Length capped: 132mm
Length posted: 161mm
Barrel length inc nib: 121mm
Cap length: 59mm
Barrel diameter: 11.5mm
Cap diameter: 12mm
Weight: 20gms

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