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#1 Wardok

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 23:00

I came across this at a market recently. It is a bog standard Swan Self-Filler 3250, but still has its original price band which calls it an Oxford. I thought the Oxford was a much later model. Do we think this is the correct price band (35/- incidently) or has somebody put on a later band?

 

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 23:06

A wild guess from me: could it be that this pen was old stock taken over by Reg Phillips - of Oxford?  Perhaps he called himself "Swan Oxford"?

 

The "Oxford" model, much later as you say, was a very poor thing to carry the Swan name.  A 3250 is infinitely superior!

 

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 21:28

Do you now what a 3250 sold for back in the day? if 35 bob was the going rate then this may be correct. I shall ask Steve and let you know what he says.



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Posted 24 January 2018 - 22:14

Steve will certainly know - he probably has one with a band on it! 

 

I would have thought that 35/- was about right however.  In the 1950s one used to reckon that prices had trebled since before the war, and I am fairly sure that most No 2 Swans in the late 'thirties probably cost more than 10/-.  I know that Blackbirds were priced at 7/6d.  In fact I have here a reproduction of a 1930 advertisement showing admittedly quite fancy Swans in terms of their colours.  They are priced at at least a guinea - one is 27/6d and these are not gold plated models.

 

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 22:04

Per Steve "...someone has put the later sticker on the earlier pen! The 3250 (never referred to as an Oxford) was introduced in mid-1947, retail at around 25/- (can't find appropriate price list yet!). The (leverless) Oxford was introduced in autumn 1956, retail 35/-"

 

Why would anyone swap a price band? Maybe the Oxford wasn't in great condition and this one was better and hence more convincing - but unlikely to have a price band still but not be in good condition.



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Posted 26 January 2018 - 03:50

Thanks

 

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