Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Grey Frosted Ice Pattern
Material: Acrylic / Metal Trim
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '2' Nib: Italic Flex Nib
Filling System: Lever Filler
Condition: Restored, 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 was issued in a range of finishes, this frosted ice pattern is rather uncommon and beautiful. The pen has been restored and has a wonderful Italic flex nib.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
There is a hairline split in the base of the cap. This does not show signs of progressing but is nonetheless present.
The SWAN No.2 nib is a lovely flexible Italic nib which offers line variation from a fine to a broad. Please see the writing sample in the photo gallery
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 126mm
Length uncapped: 117mm
Barrel diameter: 9mm
Cap diameter: 10mm