Mabie Todd Eternal 44
About This Model
Mabie Todd was one of the oldest manufacturers of fountain pens, having started in the 1860’s in New York with pen holders and pencil cases. Their first true Swan fountain pen was brought out in 1884, featuring a nib with an over-under feed and ink feed via a twisted silver wire. British production began in 1907, and it soon far outgrew American results. Soon Swans became, with Conway Stewarts, top selling English fountain pens, with Leverless and SelfFiller models following throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s. Mabie Todd also produced Blackbirds, as a second level pen. Blackbirds were usually a bit more plain and less adorned than Swans, but made equally well, and generally used the same nibs with Blackbird markings. Their history parallels Swan's, with growth, innovation, and senescence at the same times. Like Conway Stewart, Mabie Todd produced a huge variety of pen colors and color combinations, each with a distinct model designation that can make specific identification tricky. With most of the English fountain pen industry, Mabie Todd declined after WWII, and finally disappeared in the late 1950’s.
About This Pen
Mabie Todd’s American production was successful well into the 1930s, although it peaked during the 1920s. This is an Eternal 44, one of their beautiful celluloid pens from the 1920s, perhaps as late as 1930. At 5 ⅜” long, it is a full-sized pen. It is in black-veined pearl, with gold trim. The celluloid in excellent and virtually unmarked, except for the top of the cap, where there is cracking in the crown and above the clip. I believe this to be safe and stable with careful use. The trim is all clean, with no missing plating. The imprint is sharp and complete, including the perpendicular “Eternal” on the barrel and the “44 ETN” on the bottom of the barrel. The nib is marked Swan Eternal, and 14K. It is firm with a touch of flex, and writes a nice wet fine line. An elegant pen, ready for careful use.
Price: $65 Sold