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Swan Eternal #8 18Ct 'fabon' Nib

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#1 GerseSjaak

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 16:49

Hi all. I just posted some pictures of a French Rally pen, made during the war, that I bought from a French buyer on Ebay some time ago. It is fitted with this huge Swan Eternal #8 nib. The thing is, it has this imprint on it of which I would like to know more about. On the bottom of the nib it say: 'FABon'. Does anyone know more about this? Does it perhaps has something to do with the fact that it is on a French pen?

 

Thanks! :)

 

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#2 Goudy

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 16:57

FAB = fabriqué (made)

 

ON = Ontario (i.e. a Canada nib)

 

This is just a guess.


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#3 Greenie

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 18:17

1. No idea on the imprint. Love Goudy's idea.

 

2. At the risk of sending the topic off the rails - everyone should look at the link to the 2011 post. What a pen!



#4 GerseSjaak

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 20:06

Nice theory indeed! I think the ´FAB´ bit does indeed refer to fabriqué, so it sounds like it could be.

The fact that the O is written like 'O' is so intriguing.

 

And regarding the French Rally, it is a great pen! It is very chunky, but light at the same time.

The art deco design of the barrel and clip is amazing.



#5 Cob

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 07:54

A faxcinating story and like Greenie, I like Goudy's suggestion; are you good at cryptic crosswords Goudy?!

 

Clearly the nib was made for the French market, where gold must be a minimum 18ct in order to be described as "gold".   As for the Canadfian connexion, surely the pen is a little young to have had a Toronto nib?  Not that I know anything at all about Mabie Todd's Canadian operation!

 

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#6 Goudy

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 11:59

I found another nib with a FABON inscription:

 

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Sorry for the poor quality picture, but you can just about see "FABON ANGLAISE" (Fabrication Anglaise = Made in England).

 

So I'm assuming that there's a bit more to the inscription on the Swan Eternal, hidden by the section.


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#7 GerseSjaak

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 21:24

Goudy, I think you've solved the mistery!

To check this, I took out the nib and indeed it said: Anglaise.

I could not see this earlier when the nib was secured in the section.

Wouldn't have guessed it a few days ago!

Nice to know a bit more about this pen and the nib.

Thanks everybody.





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