History Detective in action! *
Wondering.. are there photos of the US and UK manufacturing shop interiors?
(we did once see a photo of the early Onoto, wait - senior moment, I think it was Le Boeuf? machine shop interior photo shared by one who stated he was their last shop apprentice). I can See that photo, (but cannot find it), he was the youngest fellow, standing to the right. He didn't get much response, and disappeared - pen history experts likely busy or simply missed the post. To have personal access to an apprentice of high-end ceased production was pure treasure trove of lost pen history. (why I look for such inquiries since then).
Cob has noted stamping errors. Were these errors, omissions, or limitations of the equipment? In this case, could the overstamp be a later non-Swan addition? Do the letter imprints appear to be Swan?
* finding, reconnecting missing history is such great fun! This was an exciting find.
editing to add: what's your thoughts on whether this was a commissioned business pen? If it were a failed imprint experiment, would they select an actual company on another continent? But as a poorly executed example, would they ship this to S&S in SA? Finally, where was this pen found?
Edited by pen2paper, 11 September 2015 - 14:50.