Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Black Chevron Design
Material: Acrlyic / Metal Trim
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '1' Nib: Italic
Filling System: Lever Filler
Condition: Restored, Excellent
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.1 Italic Nib, which writes a broad line on the downstroke and a fine line on the horizontal.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
The pen has some very minor surface wear, discolouration to the metal trim and some micro scratches to the cap and barrel
The SWAN No. nib is a lovely Italic nib, it even writes with a touch and offers line variation from a fine to a broad.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 126mm
Length uncapped: 116mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm