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Mabie Todd Swan 3250 yet again!
Posted on Thursday May 23, 2019

I’ve written about the Swan 3250 on several occasions, some of them quite recently. So what more is there to say? More of that later. These pens were made soon after the end of the war, and many of them survive today. There are probably many factors adding up to that survival: the robust nature […]


Waterman 513
Posted on Thursday May 16, 2019

I have written extensively about the Waterman 513 before. The search box above will take you there. It and the 515 are probably the best post-war Watermans. The 1955 W3, while still a good pen, shows a decline in quality. This striated blue version is very attractive, the gold plated trim fitting well with the […]


A Bright Red Swan
Posted on Tuesday May 14, 2019

This subject has already been covered in Fountain Pen Network but for those of you who don’t read that forum I’m discussing it here. This pen went through eBay on Sunday and fetched a good price, though not as much as it might have given its rarity. It’s a very late-production Mabie Todd Swan and […]


At the Sign of the Swan
Posted on Saturday May 11, 2019

I have kindly been given sight of historical material relating to Mabie Todd. (thank you Paul L!) It includes correspondence between the company and Mr R Ridgill Trout, a publisher who wished to produce a history of writing materials. Whether that history was ever produced I know not, but his company produced other materials and […]


Dip Pen/Pencil Combo
Posted on Saturday May 04, 2019

Paul S kindly provided me with photographs of this exquisite writing instrument. Though it has a Conway Stewart No 6 stub nib, I can find no indication that it was made by Conway Stewart. There is nothing on the combo to identify the manufacturer. Moving the central gold-filled band exposes the nib, and the rear […]