Mabie Todd Swan Eyedropper w/ Gold-Filled Overlay – (On Ebay)
This is an all around gorgeous Mabie Todd Swan eyedropper pen. The gold-filled overlay is just stunning and screams luxury, collectible pen. The overlay is in great condition for the most part with a few exceptions. Wonderfully, there are no dings in this beauty. It was well used, but very well maintained. I say well used because there are some places toward the bottom of the barrel where fingers have worn down the pattern etched into the overlay. There is also brassing on the end of the barrel from posting (though it’s actually tough to distinguish without looking very closely and knowing what to look for). Finally a bit of the edges of the overlay have chipped of the section likely from capping. This is pretty typical in these overlay pen. There is a personalization on the barrel with the initials “J.T.B.” (I think) and the date 1912. The 14kt Swan nib is a total delight. Normally it writes as an XXF (0.2mm). It is pretty wet for such a fine nib and fairly smooth with just a little scratch as you would expect. The flex is wonderful, wet and very responsive. This is a high quality flex nib that makes crisp flex writing easy.
SIZE: 5 1/4″ Capped
NIB: 14kt. Swan, XXF-BBB (0.2mm-1.6mm) SUPER FLEX (See “Grading Flex Nibs” for How I Grade)
- Pen thoroughly cleaned & flushed
- Nib polished and tuned to write smoothly
- Nib and feed ultrasonically cleaned and adjusted for optimal flow
- Test driven for a week to insure quality