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Swan Self-filler, in emerald green snakeskin celluloid


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#1 waishiu

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:10

I picked up this pen a little while ago from an auction site. It’s my first Swan and I am duly impressed by it. The pen packs a lot of goods in its 5 inch body – the first thing I noticed was its vibrant emerald green celluloid, in snakeskin design. Its previous owners must have kept very good care of the pen, because there are only few scratches on the cap, and almost none on the barrel. Surface luster on the backside of the cap has worn off a bit, but the barrel is still very shinny. The Swan imprint on the barrel is clear and distinct, so is the Swan logo on the clip.

The pen came without a sac, so I dipped it for a test run. Its no.1 nib is visually proportional to the size of the pen. But this little guy can pack a big punch in that, its fine line can easily and controllably spread to broad with just a bit of pressure applied. And I am just as impressed by the smoothness of the nib too. This Swan has got me intrigued about English pens. I’d definitely get a few more for my collection.

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Edited by waishiu, 22 August 2009 - 02:21.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:44

So pretty!

All but one my Swans are black and plain (the other is gray) and have either No. 2 or No 4 nibs, so I'm curious about the No. 1 nib and how it writes. :) You got yourself a really good pen by the looks of it, though. :)
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#3 waishiu

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:48

So pretty!

All but one my Swans are black and plain (the other is gray) and have either No. 2 or No 4 nibs, so I'm curious about the No. 1 nib and how it writes. :) You got yourself a really good pen by the looks of it, though. :)


Thanks Kazushizuku! Yes, I think I got myself a good find.
I'd try to post a picture of a (dip) writing sample in the next day or so.
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 02:07

Thanks Kazushizuku! Yes, I think I got myself a good find.
I'd try to post a picture of a (dip) writing sample in the next day or so.


Two out of my four are sacless as of now --haven't had the tools (and sacs) and the confidence to re-sac-- so I've been using the two as dip pens, hehe. The feed holds enough for whole sentences at a time. Pretty cool. :)
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#5 jar

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 02:13

I have almost the same pen it seems, a few differences. The top of the cap on mine is slightly different (try to get a picture tomorrow) and mine has a #2 nib.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 18:13

Some pictures of another Swan Snakeskin.

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#7 waishiu

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 19:40

Some pictures of another Swan Snakeskin.


Jar, this is really cool... Your pen and mine look like they belong to the same line and same design. But I wonder why Swan would allow those differences -- on the section, the lever, and the ends. My pens says at the barrel end "SM 100/84". What does yours say?

And, this is a (dip) writing sample of its no.1 nib:

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 20:28

Yup, quite a few differences. Mine simply says:

'Swan' Self-filler
Mabie, Todd & Co. Ltd
Made in England


and has a #2 nib.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 21:42

Yup, quite a few differences. Mine simply says:

'Swan' Self-filler
Mabie, Todd & Co. Ltd
Made in England


and has a #2 nib.


Mine has the same imprint at the middle of the barrel too (plus the Swan trademark to the left of it). But the pen also has "SM 100/84" at the barrel end, right next to the blind cap.

BTW, it is 126 mm long capped, w/ a barrel diameter about 11 mm at where the lever is.

Jar, Does yours have an imprint at the barrel end, and how do the dimensions compare?
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 21:55

Yup, quite a few differences. Mine simply says:

'Swan' Self-filler
Mabie, Todd & Co. Ltd
Made in England


and has a #2 nib.


Mine has the same imprint at the middle of the barrel too (plus the Swan trademark to the left of it). But the pen also has "SM 100/84" at the barrel end, right next to the blind cap.

BTW, it is 126 mm long capped, w/ a barrel diameter about 11 mm at where the lever is.

Jar, Does yours have an imprint at the barrel end, and how do the dimensions compare?


No imprint other than as mentioned.

Length capped about 124 mm and diameter of about 11 mm. The length difference certainly appears to be in the cap and bottom of the body.

I know where you are looking for that imprint, for example a twist fill Swan I just retired from rotation is a 4220 but I've checked mine pretty well including using angled lighting to see if there was a worn imprint. Nothing there.

edited to insert requisite spalling arrers.

Edited by jar, 23 August 2009 - 21:57.

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