A gentleman by name of John Brindle phoned the other night to speak to me. I was unavailable at the time and my husband, another pen enthusiast, took the call. John spent last winter researching Mabie Todd fountain pens, and he has drawn up a list correlating model number, colour, cap bands and filling system. He has recorded – literally – hundreds of pens.
I have the list before me now and it’s an astonishing piece of work, clearly very valuable to Swan and Blackbird enthusiasts. John seems amenable to the idea of having it published but I want to ascertain that more formally. Then I would either need a copy of the original digitised document or I would have to key it in. It shouldn’t be difficult to find somewhere to host it for a time to make it widely available.