Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 138

Today's featured newest acquisition is this beautiful American vintage fountain pen, a Mabie Todd 'Swallow' owned by Christopher...

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

Christopher: "Just added a lovely American pen to my collection, a pen I was not actually familiar with. I have a number of nice Swan pens and at least one Blackbird, but the Swallow was a pen I knew nothing of until just recently."

"This is truly a magnificent fountain pen, from its rather attractive golden pearl and jet mottled finish to its 14K gold fittings, it really stands out. Plus the design, in my view, is truly Deco. A lever filler with a typical mid 1930s ball-ended humpback clip. But the nib is the true essence of this pen. As smooth and as even in laying down the ink as they come. I just fell in love with this fine trooper the second I started writing with it. In closing, I think the Mabie Todd Company had a lot to be proud of, and this pen will remain in my favourite category for quite some time."

Christopher notes that "Mabie Todd's 'Swallow' is US-made, not from the British Mabie Todd. Their equivalent pen was the 'Jackdaw', produced in the UK." 

Interestingly, after the American branch of Mabie Todd shut down in 1941, it was resurrected in the very early 21st century and produced a modern version of the "Swallow" fountain pen (which bears no resemblance to Christopher's lovely vintage pen). For a short history of the vintage Mabie Todd pen company, check out this webpage. Many thanks to Christopher for his photo and write-up :)

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