Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Polished and buffed the outside of the barrel and the black color really displays wonderful deep coloring and the gold overlay is fantastic.
This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with a fancy gold overlay. The end of the barrel, on the gold overlay, has a great imprints that reads, "SWAN PEN MT & CO". The cap is a slip type cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the barrel and there is a cartouche for such a purpose. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Mabie Todd Swan measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 5/8" posted.
The NIB is an wonderful flexible and smooth Mabie Todd 14K New York NIB. The actual tip of the Mabie Todd 14K NIB measures .77mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an extra fine/fine line measuring .43mm, the horizontal stroke, with very light pressure and flexes up to triple broad stroke of 2.06mm with medium to firm pressure. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that is 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.
This is an excellent example of an antique Mabie Todd SWAN Eye/InkDropper Fountain Pen with Gold Overlay on Black Hard Rubber. I would certainly grade it in Excellent Condition and one for the collector case. It is ready to write or just add to your writing arsenal collection.
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