Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new #18 1/2 silicone sac. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Gold Filled Trim on Cap, Lever and Mabie-Todd Eternal #8 14K NIB.
This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber. The coloring has a beautiful black color. The barrel has fair imprints at the center of the barrel and crisp imprints on the butt end of the barrel. The barrel imprint reads, "SWAN LOGO TRADEMARK "SWAN" SELF-FILLING PEN MABIE TODD & CO NEW YORK PATS. JAN 26. 04. MAY 21. 18. PAT. POG." and "ETERNAL". The butt end of the fountain pen has a crisp "48 / E.T.N. imprint.
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the barrel or cap. There are no cracks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Mabie-Todd Eternal 48 measures 5 1/2" in length capped and 7" posted.
The lever assembly has been cleaned, polished and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. There is some brassing to the lever.
This pen has a MONSTER #8 14K Mabie-Todd & Co NIB. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Mabie-Todd #8 NIB, it measured at .53mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an extra fine line measuring roughly .43mm and flexes up to .78mm medium line with normal pressure. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully. 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.
This is an excellent, antique Mabie-Todd & Co Eternal #48 Fountain Pen that is in ready to write condition or just add to your writing arsenal collection. I would grade this antique Mabie-Todd Swan Eternal #48 in Excellent Condition. This is the largest Mabie-Todd in this series and certainly is one for the collector of large fountain pens.
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