Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, New York, USA, c1932
Colour: Wavered Gold Barleycorn Pattern
Material: Gold Filled
Nib: 14k Gold Mabie Todd & Co NY '2' Nib: Fine 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.
This SWAN Self Filler is simply stunning. The wavered gold finish is bright and dazzling, and 90 years on, it is as new. This truly is a remarkably preserved pen, in its original Mabie Todd Box, it has clearly rare ever been used.
The 14k Gold Mabie Todd nib is also a marvel, a smooth cursive italic which straddles the line between a stub nib and a cursive italic, being very forgiving whilst offering line variation from a medium / fine to a generous broad. Do take a look at the writing sample
The pen comes fully restored and ready to write.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
The pen has some very minor marks on the barrel where the cap screws to the barrel, otherwise the pen is in mint condition, as new.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 130mm
Length uncapped: 126mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm