Another Pre-War Swan Leverless

The variety of Swan Leverless pens seems unlimited.  There’s always another one never seen before, or so it seems.

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This one has no number on the barrel but we could work one out for it.  It’s Leverless and has a No 3 nib, so that’s L3  It has two barrel bands and a band on the crown of the cap, so that’s another 3.  There’s no band at the lip of the cap, so that’s 0 but it might be 4, because these are not the usual bands but the “stacked coin” type.  The pen is black so that’s 60, so we have an L330/60, or possibly an L334/60.  I favour the former.

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The shape of this pen suggests that it’s not quite the very first of the Leverless pens; new designs came along in 1935 and I think this is one of them.  It’s comparatively thick and it’s a centimeter or two shorter than most Leverlesses of the period.
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The clip stud once had more red in the mix; it has faded considerably.

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Many of these thirties Leverlesses have Eternal nibs.  They’re good nibs but I prefer a little flexibility and that’s what this pen has.  I have yet to write-test it properly but it appears to be a semi-flex.

For many years, Leverless pens suffered at the hands of the ignorant.  They didn’t work because they were re-sacced as if they were lever fill pens, and probably for this reason there were a few people who took every possible opportunity to disparage the Leverless.

Thanks to the Marshall and Oldfield book, repairers now know how to fit a sac in a Leverless so that it will work as it should, and the popularity and value of the pens has risen tremendously in the last couple of years.

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About goodwriterspens
I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

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