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#1 jaredvdm

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 14:29

Hi All,

 

Newbie here. I am a hobby typographer with a love for all writing instruments, but mostly the pen we all congregate for. 

 

I inherited a few pens from my late grandmother. A cheap looking Hifra fountain, Tropen Scholar, Wahl Eversharp and a Mabie Todd Swan 2. The Swan is my, as it writes beautifully and looks like it's seen a lot.

First thing is, I have no idea how to date the pen, and the second is, it's missing it's original lid/cap. It's such a beautiful pen and I would like to know how I would be able to acquire one and how I would date it. Is anyone able to help?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Jared



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 14:36

You'll need to start by posting a few photos .... You're identifying it as #2 based on the nib? Hard rubber? Eye dropper or lever filler?
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#3 jaredvdm

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 14:46

Hi Terim,

 

It's hard rubber for sure. Lever filler. Made in England. I will post pics later, as the pen is at home. 

 

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 15:29

Yes let's see a picture or three; and maybe we can advise and find a cap for you.

 

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#5 jaredvdm

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 13:43

Hi guys. I couldn't get quality pics, but this is what I have. https://www.dropbox....Ln4j4jycMa?dl=0

There is no serial number on it at all. Just the logo and made in England.

The bladder had completely disintegrated. So any info I can get on getting hold of a new one would be awesome. Thanks a ton!

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 20:27

Hi guys. I couldn't get quality pics, but this is what I have. https://www.dropbox....Ln4j4jycMa?dl=0

There is no serial number on it at all. Just the logo and made in England.

The bladder had completely disintegrated. So any info I can get on getting hold of a new one would be awesome. Thanks a ton!

It looks like a typical example of one of the late 1930s Swans with no number that MT loved to produce for reasons I cannot understand.  I would need to know the barrel diameter.  Is the lever chrome- or gold-plated?  If it were gold plated then the pen should be a derivative of the 6260; if chrome it has either been replaced or is another MT curiosity.

 

If you search under ink sacs you should find what you need.  I suggest you start by reading through this web site which should be helpful.

 

Cob


Edited by Cob, 28 July 2015 - 20:28.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 20:29

Swans are my favourites, too -- real beauties.

 

The most important part of a pen is the nib; yours looks like a beauty and I suspect that it might flex with a little pressure. If you haven't had an active flex life you may find it takes time to get it right. I nearly re-sold my first flex but after a week or two I accepted it, and after a couple more weeks it became my favourite pen.

 

If Cob can't identify the pen +/- aquire a cap, I don't think anyone can.

 

I hope you find both a name and a cap.

 

Enjoy the pen.

 

David.



#8 jaredvdm

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 05:15

Thanks Cob and David!

 

The lever is a silver colour, but was a light gold before. I know that much. The pressure bar (if that's what it is called) is a bit rusted on the inside. I know it would probably be easier to find a replacement pen, but this one has Massive sentimental value. One of the few physical items I inherited. 

 

Would I be able to take out the pressure bar and clean it a bit?

 

@Cob. I will measure the barrel when I get home. 

 

@David. The nib has a beautiful flex. Really excited to use it more.

 

Thanks again. 



#9 jaredvdm

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 19:53

@Cob. The diameter is 11.5mm

Not sure if that helps?





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