Name: Vintage Blackbird Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Material: Hardened Rubber
Nib: 14k Gold Blackbird Nib: Fine Oblique Nib
Filling System: Lever Filler
Condition: Restored, 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 is an early hardened rubber version of the Blackbird self filler, it shows its age a little, as the hardened rubber has taken on a patina and looks a little vintage, but the nib is a delightful fine oblique nib, a rare specimen! Checkout the writing sample it writes beautifully. It is rare to find a finer oblique nib, as modern nibs are OM or OB, for those seeking a finer writing experience but with effortless line variation, this nib won't disappoint.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
The pen has some discolouration to the hardened rubber, but is free from any other imperfections and is overall a very good example.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 128mm
Length uncapped: 119mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm