Vintage 'The Blackbird Pen' by Mabie Todd Fountain Pen: 14k Gold Fine Nib

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Name: Vintage Blackbird Fountain Pen 
Maker: Mabie Todd, England, c1950's
Colour: Pastel Orange
Material: Acrylic/ Gold Plated Trim
Nib: 14k Gold Blackbird Nib: Fine Nib
Filling System: Lever Filler 
Length: 131mm
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.

Although The Blackbird pens were less expensive, they have proven the test of time and are by no means second rate fountain pens compared to their SWAN counterparts.

This is 'The Blackbird Pen', a strikingly orange pen and a turn towards more modern pen manufacture, these were sold as entry level pens in the 1950's. It is a dainty pen, very striking a lovely fine 14k gold nib, fully restored and 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, one small indent above the cap band and signs of micro-scratching but otherwise a lovely example 

Writing Style
The blackbird nib is a lovely fine nib, it is firm with no flex and writes with good ink flow and lovely smoothness with little feedback - do checkout the writing sample! 

Fountain Pen Measurements
Length capped: 131mm
Length uncapped: 115mm
Barrel diameter: 10mm
Cap diameter: 11mm

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