Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac to preserve the coral celluloid for as long as it can. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Gold Filled Trim on Cap, Lever, and Mabie-Todd & Co N.Y. #2 14K NIB. There is a small amount of light brassing to the ball of the clip which is very common. I have cleaned, buffed, polished, and waxed the cap and barrel to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the celluloid of this fountain pen.
This fountain pen is made from celluloid in the red with orange swirl pattern commonly known as coral. The coloring is vibrant and gorgeous to no staining or dark areas. The barrel has a clean and crisp imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "SWAN LOGO (the Swan logo is light) TRADEMARK "SWAN" SELF-FILLING PEN MABIE TODD & CO NEW YORK PATS. JAN 26. 04. MAY 21. 18. PAT. PDG.". There are no markings at the butt end of the fountain pen but this is model number 242/53.
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 celluloid. This Mabie-Todd Swan measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 3/4" posted.
The lever assembly has been cleaned, polished and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. There is a hint of wear to the lever. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully - just like it should.
This pen has a flexible 14K Mabie-Todd & Co N.Y. #2 NIB. When measuring the actual tip of the NIB, it measures at .57mm with digital calipers. When creating the writing sample the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly .67mm and flexes up to a triple broad stroke of 1.98mm when using medium to firm pressure. 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 Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This vintage Swan Fountain Pen is spectacular in terms of celluloid coloring - these pens in Coral are absolutely stunning and difficult to acquire in clean condition. This Coral Celluloid really makes a statement and doesn't get much better than this. I would consider this Swan to be in Excellent Condition. It is ready to write with or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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