Jump to content
Classifieds is broken, please do not submit any new ads ×

Eyedropper - Mabie Todd & Bard, Ink Flow

Recommended Posts

Sharing some photographs of a 1902 Mabie Todd & Bard silver eyedropper with the ink flow control valve.
Engraving on the barrel:

The Swan Pen

PAT. FEB 8 81. FEB 21.82. MAR 6.88

Mabie Todd & Bard New York


Albert S Waller

February 1902

In recognition of

Faithful Service

Mabie Todd & Bard


As per the book, of Steve Hull, the ink control valve is illustrated below.

I'm not sure that it is more of a marketing claim than a precision ink flow control!

Anyone had good experience of using this ink control stopper?

NB. The BCHR slip cap is not original, i'm sure looking at advertising of the time it would have been silver overlay.

Regards. Kevin1_00001.jpg1_00001_01.jpg1_00001_02.jpg1_00001_03.jpg1_00001_04.jpg1_00001_05.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 4
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • Greenie


  • Cob


  • lamming


  • eachan


Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

That's a lovely example.


I had one with that system with the two long wires inside the barrel.


I understood that the plug was to fill the pen without unscrewing the section and I believe that MT produced special bottles for the purpose.



fpn_1428963683__6s.jpg “The pen of the British Empire” fpn_1423349537__swan_sign_is.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks Cob,


Yes it was patented, by Stewart, as an alternative filling point but also a claimed precise flow control valve. (Hull and Moak)


Whilst there is a constant ink flow path along the top of the feed, pulling the plug out a little way opened another flow

path to the channel on top of the feed.


This claimed to enable setting of the ink flow rate to suit the pressure and speed of the writer.


I've tried a few different positions of the plug but doesn't seem to make a difference.


I'll try some alternative inks.


Cheers Kevin

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Based on the pictures, you might never have the plug in far enough to increase flow. I would also make sure that the nib is in good contact with the feed all the way to the end of the feed. Although, I actually have not found the plug to matter as much as the overall cleanliness and relative position of the nib and feed.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've had one of these plug fillers too. It's a good filling system but a means of adjusting the flow? Just a piece of advertising hogwash.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Most Contributions

    1. amberleadavis
    2. PAKMAN
    3. Ghost Plane
      Ghost Plane
    4. jar
    5. wimg
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Comments

    • Matthew TWP
      @Ruaidhri This was an absolutely wonderful bit of writing, and I hope that you're able to maintain the style once all of the medications are out of your system.  Take care and recover quickly!
    • Dr.X
      Very punny daniel
    • danielfalgerho
      These comments make me sad as I sympathise with Ruaidhri, having great difficulties in being taken seriously. Or being taken at all (no off-colors jokes, please!) In spite of overwhelming odds,  Ruaidhri -now I know how to spell it- made a courageous decision and stuck to it. I was diagnosed with a similar growth in a place I will not reveal. Oh, well, if you insist it was Mount Sinai Hospital. But I firmly intend to walk in Ruaidhri's footsteps, if he will let me, on my next visit to Dublin.
    • ParramattaPaul
      Reminds me of the day my associates and I developed a cure for all mankind's ills and mistakenly wrote it down with invisible ink.
    • AnneD
      Was that the end of the Laboratory? Somehow the exactitude created a fully destructive device, as always!
  • Chatbox

    You don't have permission to chat.
    Load More
  • Expiring Soon

    • By benbot517
      51 years and 11 months
    • By benbot517
      51 years and 11 months
    • By benbot517
      51 years and 11 months
    • By Okami
      51 years and 11 months
    • By Okami
      51 years and 11 months
  • Random Adverts

  • Files

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. alborticus
      (40 years old)
    2. ardvarticus
      (28 years old)
    3. BB Crafts
      BB Crafts
    4. bbqncigars
      (82 years old)
    5. Caneta
      (55 years old)

  • Create New...