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Mabie Todd & Bard Swan 3003 (Pre-1907)

swan 3003 eyedropper mabie todd & bard ef stub

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#1 SchaumburgSwan

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 22:10

Hi,

 

this is my finest stub and my oldest pen.

A pre-1907 Mabie Todd & Bard Swan 3003 eyedropper with "short nib, fine" as it was called those times.

And when they said fine, a very fine nib was meant:

This one gives 0.28 to 0.30mm lines vertically and 0.21mm horizontally on paper.

 

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Best wishes

Jens


Edited by SchaumburgSwan, 28 August 2020 - 22:13.

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#2 eachan

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Posted 29 August 2020 - 10:13

Beautiful pen, Jens.  I'm always surprised at how well these things survive.


Regards,

Eachan


#3 Estycollector

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Posted 29 August 2020 - 10:15

Thank you for posting. 


"Respect science, respect nature, respect all people (s),"


#4 SchaumburgSwan

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Posted 29 August 2020 - 22:33

Thank you for posting. 

You're welcome! :-)


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#5 SchaumburgSwan

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Posted 29 August 2020 - 22:37

Beautiful pen, Jens.  I'm always surprised at how well these things survive.

Thank You Eachan,

 

I'm surprised, too. Writing with a 113-year old pen!

Anyway the nib looked much worse when it arrived here...

 

Best wishes

Jens


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#6 Greenie

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Posted 30 August 2020 - 02:17

I love these Mabie Todd and Bard pens!  Some of the overlays date to that era as well.



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Posted 30 August 2020 - 10:15

Congrats on your 3003.

 

Those early swans are rock solid pens. 

Pen I use daily is a 3012 (Made in england version). as long as one doesn't abuse those old pens, surely they will last another 100 years.



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Posted 30 August 2020 - 15:31

Thank You Eachan,

 

I'm surprised, too. Writing with a 113-year old pen!

Anyway the nib looked much worse when it arrived here...

 

Best wishes

Jens

 

Did you have to do some straightening?  It looks very good now.


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#9 SchaumburgSwan

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Posted 30 August 2020 - 21:02

 

Did you have to do some straightening?  It looks very good now.

Hi,

 

yes. I didn't take a photo before doing so.

Someone had over flexed the nib and tried to reallign using hard pliers...

So the top was not straight and the tines were rotated and not parallel ("stub edges" not in line).

Such fine stubs lose their line veriation quickly without good fine adjustment, as you know...

 

Best

Jens


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#10 SchaumburgSwan

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Posted 30 August 2020 - 21:12

Congrats on your 3003.

 

Those early swans are rock solid pens. 

Pen I use daily is a 3012 (Made in england version). as long as one doesn't abuse those old pens, surely they will last another 100 years.

Thank you. :-)

Yes, the nib in my english 3012 is wunderful, too! Very expressive - stubbish and flexible.

 

Best

Jens


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Posted 31 August 2020 - 12:45

Congrats on 3003 ! Nice looking pen.

I also got a  new Swan pen. A Torpedo Shape self-filling pen. My first pen of this self filler with a italic stub semi-flex Pen . I love the nibs on swan as they are great pens.  



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Posted 31 August 2020 - 13:12

Hi,

 

yes. I didn't take a photo before doing so.

Someone had over flexed the nib and tried to reallign using hard pliers...

So the top was not straight and the tines were rotated and not parallel ("stub edges" not in line).

Such fine stubs lose their line veriation quickly without good fine adjustment, as you know...

 

Best

Jens

 

Good work, Jens.  That's not an easy repair.


Regards,

Eachan




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