The Swan SM100/59

IMGP1931  Here’s another of those very colourful Swan Minors from the late thirties or early forties, an SM 100/59, known as Italian Marble or described more prosaically as grey/red/purple though when I look at it closely there’s quite a bit of pale green there too.
The wonderful colours Mabie Todd used in those years across the Minor, Visofil and Jackdaw ranges are, so far as I can determine, unique to the company.  I’ve seen nothing quite like them anywhere else.  Though I’ve been aware of it in illustrations, the Minor in Italian Marble is new to me.  It was worth the wait.  The colours are outstanding.
This one isn’t for sale.

2 thoughts on “The Swan SM100/59

  1. Know how you feel. Also have Italian Marble SM205/59 albeit with broken clip, feed and missing nib, but still can’t bear to part with it and it hangs out with its full bodied brother pens!
    Love your rambling blog.

    1. Hi Tim,
      The value of your SM205/59 would probably justify a professional restoration. From your description there’s nothing there that can’t be put right. The broken clip is a little tricky but it can be done. Glad you like the blog!

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