Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1950's
Colour: Navy Blue / Gold Trim
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '2' Nib: Medium
Filling System: Lever Filler
Condition: Very Good
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 No.3220 is a classic shape, nicely rounded cap and barrel with double cap bands and signature SWAN gold clip. The nib is a smooth No.2 nib which writes a medium line. 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 brassed, 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. The nib tines were not cut entirely in the centre of the nib, however this does not effect the writing performance.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 112mm
Length uncapped: 102mm
Barrel diameter: 11mm
Cap diameter: 12mm