Swan Self-Filler

late 1930s

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

This is a Swan Self-Filler.  As often happens with English pens, this pen does not correspond exactly to any of the available notations, although its appearance is clearly that of a pre-WWII pen and it is so marked.  That said, it is handsome, in blue/black marbled celluloid, 13cm long, a lever-filler.  It is a nice user pen, showing evidence of steady use, with many smaller scratches and signs of wear.  It carries a 14c Swan 2 nib, which which writes a very broad, almost stubbed, wet line.  

Price: $90 Sold

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