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#1 missuslovett

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 16:31

Here are some photos of my recent acquisition, The Beast. A Swan SF5. Does anyone know if there is a similar even larger model? I've included a shot next to the barrel of an SF130 for comparison. The No. 5 nib is incredibly flexible and the pen, though large, nicely balances in the hand. Mine is missing a clip. Does anyone have a GP Swan clip I could snaffle. It needs the L type with the patent no. on it, not the slightly smaller one with the 'Swan' name? I'd really love to get it complete. Or maybe a sufficiently imposing accommodation clip? I'd gratefully accept suggestions of where to find one and, of course, any donations for suitable remuneration.

 

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 16:40

Hmm "Double Woppa" eh?

 

What a beauty - and how interesting to discover that there were English-made No 5 nibs - or No 5 nibs that say Mabie Todd & Co Ltd on them!

 

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Edited by Cob, 07 October 2016 - 16:41.

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 18:45

Cob, what advice would you give on polishing out the ownership of 'T Gilbert', who prefers the Old English typeface? It's not his. It's MINE!

 

Edit to add - Yes, it's an English nib. 


Edited by missuslovett, 07 October 2016 - 18:47.


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Posted 07 October 2016 - 19:22

Cob, what advice would you give on polishing out the ownership of 'T Gilbert', who prefers the Old English typeface? It's not his. It's MINE!

 

Edit to add - Yes, it's an English nib. 

If I were you  I shouldn't attempt it on a Vulcanite pen.  On a Celluloid model my advice might be different.

 

The best advice is to follow Deb's (Goodwriters Pens) practice and look up the bloke - he might have been "somebody."

 

I have a SF230 (a late Celluloid one I think - at least it's black!) engraved with the name Vale Stevens.  He turned up easily via Google.  Apparently he wrote a book called Buffalo Bill.  So I have resisted the temptation to excise his name from the barrel.

 

I do have to admit however, that I should have been happier had the name been e.g. Aldous Huxley, E.M Forster, Virginia Woolf or Evelyn Waugh.  To the best of my knowledge, none of these luminaries wrote a book called Buffalo Bill.

 

If it's an English nib then this implies that the pen is post 1921.

 

Best rgds,

 

Cob


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Posted 07 October 2016 - 20:04

Thanks for that. I'm not confident I'll find my Mr. Gilbert as he was inconsiderate enough to omit his first name. For anyone following this slightly deserted thread, I've found a maker for 'pen stoppers' that may be useful: http://www.shapeways...=more-from-shop



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Posted 07 October 2016 - 20:10

I was a bit silly in my previous post:   Clearly the design of the pen puts it at around 1925-7., Doh!

 

"Stopper"  Strange indeed.  What's the matter with the good old English word "Clip?"

 

C.


Edited by Cob, 07 October 2016 - 20:11.

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 13:56

Here he is, now finely decked out in his new AC. The snake is surprisingly light for bronze and his little face is wonderfully detailed - unlike the Montblanc clips.

 

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 12:59

I think that that looks splendid.

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:47

Reviving the thread - 

Very pleased to find a similar SF5 at the LA Pen Show today.  Now it can sit next to and guard my SF2.



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 15:41

I'm excited to see my SF5 now has a friend across the water! It really is a lovely pen to use. Mine is very wet and flexible but very easy to scribble with, day to day. 





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