I have hand cleaned the hard rubber outside and inside with mineral oil. Polished the gold filled overlay Snail pattern. Hand polished the 14K Mabie Todd NY NIB. This Mabie Todd Swan measures 5 1/4" inches capped and 6 1/8" inches posted.
This fountain pen cap and barrel are in great condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs and the cap always securing tightly to the barrel (the cap is a slip/friction type). There are some very light scratches and just point it out for clarity sake - I personally wouldn't take a chance trying to remove the scratches and possibly compromise this extremely scarce pen. The black hard rubber color on this pen is excellent and displays a deep "black" color. The cap has the Gold Filled Snail Overlay on the very tip that matches on the barrel. On the hard rubber portion of the cap displays a faint "Swan" Trade Mark logo. The barrel has this amazing detailed "snail" pattern with cartouche. There are no monograms or personalization to either the cap or the cartouche on the barrel. The barrel is faintly stamped with, "SWAN". This Mabie Todd is an "eyedropper" filler where the section unscrews and one would drop ink into the barrel.
This Mabie Todd New York Nib is 14K and has a very smooth writing experience. The actual iridium tip on this Nib has a medium/broad point measuring roughly .87mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a medium to a broad stroke/line. In the writing sample provided, the medium line measures at .64mm and will flex to a broad stroke of .91mm with normal to medium pressure when I measured with digital calipers. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was performed 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 one of those antique Fountain Pens you don't always get a chance to secure in your collection. For the collector, this is one of the "holy grail" fountain pens to secure for the collection. The Snail Gold Filled Overlay is very scarce and should be a deserving collection
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