Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen: 14k Gold Fine Semi Flex Nib

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Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen 
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Green Marble / Gold Trim
Material: Acrylic 
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '2' Nib: Fine Semi Flex Nib 
Filling System: Lever Filler 
Length: 126mm
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 wonderful green marble edition, with SWAN signature gold filled clip, double cap bands and lovely SWAN No.2 nib. The nib is an outstanding flex nib - it writes a fine line and provides a generous degree of flex on the downstroke to a broad. It has the wonderful property of 'elastic snap back' giving contrasting fine / broad line variation.  Do checkout the writing sample! 

The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or chips.

The lever bar is slightly pitted brassed, and discolouration has occurred to the hardened rubber grip section, but otherwise a superb example in wonderful condition 

Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 124mm
Length uncapped: 117mm
Barrel diameter: 11mm
Cap diameter: 12mm
Weight: 20gms 

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