Name: Vintage Blackbird Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Grey Green Marbled Pearl
Material: Acrylic / Metal Trim
Nib: 14k Gold Nib: Fine Semi Flex Nib
Filling System: Lever Filler
Condition: Restored, Near Mint
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 Blackbird was Mabie Todd's second tier line of fountain pens, today they have stood the test of time and proven they are by no means second rate, and this example is no exception. It has been lovingly restored and is in near mint condition. The semi flex nib is close to a full flex nib, it flexes from a fine to a broad with ease, with good responsiveness and tine snapback, it is a joy to write with. A treasure of a nib.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
There are signs of handling, but really this is a near perfect example.
The SWAN No.2 nib is a lovely fine flex nib which offers line variation from a fine to a broad. Ink flow is good and there is very little feedback, please see the writing sample in the photo gallery
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 122mm
Length uncapped: 114mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm