Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen by Mabie Todd
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Material: Acrylic / Gold Trim
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '3' Nib: Oblique Medium (OM)
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 SWAN Self Filler is a lovely everyday fountain pen, here with a delightful SWAN No.3 oblique medium flex Nib, which writes a medium broad line with a degree of line variation. The nib has a diamond shaped breather hole to extend the softness and flex of the nib. A rare and beautiful example fully restored and is ready to write
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
The pen has some very minor surface wear, around the cap where the clip meets the acrylic but is otherwise in near mint condition
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 126mm
Length uncapped: 116mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm