We provide vintage fountain pens – restored and ready to use today and vintage desktop items. Vintage fountain pens are by their very nature second, third or even fourth hand, condition will vary and this is stated and reflected in the price.
A fountain pen gift box is available free of charge with each purchase upon request. Just tick the relevant box at checkout.
Our Sold Archive provides information to budding vintage fountain pen/desktop item collectors and social history students and is a permanent record of items of interest that we have sold. It is also an opportunity for potential customers to view recently sold items. Should you wish us to try to source another copy of a previously sold item a contact e-mail link is provided.
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This quite rare and unusual vintage fountain pen was manufactured by Mabie Todd & Co. in England in 1934. Forming part of their leverless range, this pattern of chased broad rolled gold overlay bands of varying designs sandwiched between three thinner plain bands at the top and bottom of cap and barrel is quite striking. The cap also carries the Swan logo on the crown and sports a Swan ball ended clip, again with Swan branding. The text on the black relief panel at the bottom of the barrel reads “Swan Leverless - Pat. No. 390585/32 - Made in England". As you will see from the montage the area just above where the clip sits on the cap has been changed over the years and the hard rubber has been overlaid by what appears to be a brass ring of matching design to the pen cap and barrel. Looking at it from the side it does not quite sit straight but as an addition it blends in well. This does affect its value from a collector’s viewpoint and this is reflected in the price. Otherwise condition is good with only minor brassing and age wear and there is no inscription on the personalization lozenge. The cap crown is hard rubber and carries the Swan logo. The nib is a medium point Philips stating “Philips 14ct Oxford Made in England”. The Swan leverless fill system works by turning the knob at the bottom of the barrel to expel the air from the sac, allowing ink to flow in when turning the knob in the opposite direction. I do find that leverless pens require filling more often that the standard lever fill, nonetheless it is a clean and effective filling method. It is a good size vintage fountain pen measuring 124mm with cap on and 152mm with cap on barrel end. You will find an illustration of this model on the rear dust cover of Andy Lambrou’s 1989 book entitled “Fountain Pens Vintage and Modern” published by Sotheby’s Publications. A fine and striking vintage fountain pen, suitable to use every day or to add to a vintage fountain pen collection. There is some light reflection in the images. All fountain pens are professionally serviced and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. A gift box is available free of charge on request at checkout where you may select your method of payment. Filling instructions will be sent with your order.
Postage and packing
U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
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