I have hand cleaned the NIB and feed. Hand cleaned the inside of the cap. This Mabie Todd Swan was recently restored but not by me, it does not leak and suction on the seal is perfect. I was told by the previous collector that the old cork packing unit was replaced with a new fluorocarbon rubber o-rings - based on the suction test I can determine the seal is excellent due to no air passing through the seals. I have hand polished the Cap and Barrel along with the Swan 14Ct #2 Semi-Flexible NIB.
This fountain pen is made from mottled red and black hard rubber. The hard rubber portion of the pen displays a gorgeous and vibrant red and black color but one can see slight oxidation on the barrel in the area that is under the cap.
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. The hard rubber inside the cap is in perfect condition and does not allow any leaking. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. The imprint is clean and crisp that reads, "Swan Trade Mark Logo, SWAN SAFETY PROPELLING PEN MABIE TODD & CO MADE IN ENGLAND". There are no leaks from the cap or the turning knob. This Madie Todd Safety measures 4 13/16" in length capped and 6 1/4" posted with the nib extended.
The NIB is a 14Ct #2 Semi-Flexible SWAN NIB. When measuring the actual tip of the 14Ct Swan NIB, it measured at a medium point of .71mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a fine line measuring roughly .56mm with light pressure on horizontal strokes and flexes to a double broad stroke of approximately 1.56mm with a medium to firm pressure. Also, a neat feature on the backside of the feed, it is imprinted "SWAN". The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
Finding any Mottled Hard Rubber Mabie Todd Safety Fountain Pens are uncommon and is quite a scarce pen to find. This Safety is exceptionally clean and a real treasure for collectors. I would grade this Mabie Swan Safety Fountain Pen is Excellent+ to Near Mint condition. A superb collector pen worthy of adding to one's writing arsenal collection!
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