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Hello!
I have bought this Mabie Todd Swan, and would like to learn more about the pen.

It is a lever filler.
The only gold/metal details on it is the nib, the clip and the lever.
The clip says SWAN
The cap says SWAN
The body have a very faint text, "SWAN" SELF-FILLING PEN, MABIE TODD  & CO LTD, MADE IN ENGLAND
The nib says WARRANTED and 14ct
There is a pattern on the body, but faint so hard to catch.

When I'm writing this I'm examning it with a loupe, and in fact there are some markings on the top which I had not found before! It is very faint and hard to see, I think it says 1S-F and then maybe, maybe a 0 (it is very hard to see even with a luope and strong light).


It is restored by the very nice guy I bought it from and the filling works amazingly :) And it writes good. He said it was made of ebonite and from the 20's. It was supposed to be made in the U.S. but it says Made in england, that's a bit weird.

It would be nice to know to correct model name or anything more about it. Is there more information one can find?

Now if found a similar pen in this thread, but I'm posting anyway in case anyone knows more - and they don't look exactly the same: 

 

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It is a Mabie Todd Swan 1SF lever filling pen. Dates to the 1920s. It is ebonite.

The nib is a replacement, and looks to be a nice quality nib that is a very good fit for the pen.

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12 hours ago, Wirfi said:

He said it was made of ebonite and from the 20's. It was supposed to be made in the U.S. but it says Made in england, that's a bit weird.

Of course there also were Swans made in the US in that period (and the company originated in the US), and perhaps the pen's original nib would have been a US made Swan nib (and its current "warranted" nib may well also be a US made nib)*, but the body at least is English.

 

(* Edit: Though maybe not. I think US made nibs would be more likely to say "14K" than "14ct".)

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2 hours ago, Greenie said:

It is a Mabie Todd Swan 1SF lever filling pen. Dates to the 1920s. It is ebonite.

The nib is a replacement, and looks to be a nice quality nib that is a very good fit for the pen.

 

Thank you, I was not sure on the model number since I had a really hard time reading the characters, I had to use the loupe and tilt the pen in a special angle to make it catch the light right ;)
I knew about the nib replacement, I forgot to write that.

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1 minute ago, Aelfattrum said:

Of course there also were Swans made in the US in that period (and the company originated in the US), and perhaps the pen's original nib would have been a US made Swan nib (and its current "warranted" nib may well also be a US made nib), but the body at least is English.

Ah, that might be the case, I had not thought of that - thanks :)

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That's a great, classic pen.  Enjoy!

 

Erick

 

Using right now:

Penlux Masterpiece Grande "F" nib running Pelikan Olivine

PenBBS 480 "F" nib running Pelikan Brilliant Brown

Santini Italia Toscana Fifth Avenue "F" nib running PR Blue Suede

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44 minutes ago, Wirfi said:

Thank you :)

I guess I've found out as much as is possible now?

I'm really happy with the pen so far :)
My first Mabie Todd.

 

At least you have a model number, which helps. Lots of Mabie Todds have no numbers/codes. :)

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