Name: Vintage SWAN Self Filler Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Wood Grain Effect
Material: Hardened Rubber / Gold Trim
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '1' Nib: Medium Semi-Flex Nib
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.
Here we have an early 1930's hard rubber SWAN Self filler in gorgeous wood grain effect, with stepped gold filled clip and a delightful 14k gold semi flex nib. The nib is a true delight, a smooth wet writer, offering line variation from a medium to a double broad.
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.
The pen has some very minor surface wear and there is discolouration evident where the cap meets the barrel as is common with hardenned rubber which is approaching 100 years, the pen is otherwise in mint condition
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 126mm
Length uncapped: 116mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm