Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Green Snakeskin Pattern
Material: Acrylic / Metal Trim
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '1' Nib: Full Flex Nib (Fine to BB)
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 example is a rare and soughtafter SWAN Self Filler in gorgeous green coloured snakeskin pattern. The pen carries a 14k Gold SWAN No.1 flex nib which is quite simply an outstanding nib.
The nib is a full flex nib, which requires very little pressure to flex from a fine to a double broad. Do checkout the writing sample. The nib is close to a wet noodle in performance and is therefore suitable for calligraphic scripts.
The pen has been fully restored and is ready to write.
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
There is some minor brassing and pitting to the trim and lever bar, and some micro-scratches to the body, but otherwise a near perfect example.
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 123mm
Barrel diameter: 11mm
Cap diameter: 12mm