Name: Antique SWAN Self Filler SF230 Fountain Pen
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1930's
Colour: Wood Grain Effect
Material: Hardened Rubber / Gold Trim
Nib: 14k Gold SWAN '2' Nib: Medium Semi-Flex Nib
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.
However the SF230 was not a conservative pen in its design, it has all the features of a top range pen of the time, gold filled cap bands, stepped gold cap clip bearing the SWAN patent of 1915, and a beautiful red ripple hard rubber cap and barrel. We rank this as one of the best pens Mabie Todd ever produced
The nib is a beautiful semi flex which writes a fine line and with a little pressure, can be flexed to a broad. A gorgeous pen, with a delightful nib, fully restored and ready to write
The Nitty Gritty
There are no major imperfections to note, no splits cracks or engravings.
There is some minor pitting to the lever bar and the barrel has some very minor discolouration as is common with hardenned rubber - however this is very minor indeed, for a pen which is approaching 100 years!
The pen is otherwise in mint condition
Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 140mm
Length uncapped: 132mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm