Mabie Todd Swan 242/53

This splendid pen was made in New York  in 1929 to 1930.  The imported British version cost 22/6d.  So far as we can make any sensible currency conversion this was about £50.75 in today’s money, or three days’ wages of a skilled craftsman.  That’s remarkaply cheap and does make one wonder about the prices of today’s pens.  The Lamy Lx 090 Marron costs more than that.  It’s an aluminium pen and is special because it’s brown.  That doesn’t seem like a comparable deal to me.  YMMV.

My correspondent found the pen first, then managed to acquire the matching Fyne Poynt pencil from another country!  That’s dedicated collecting.

With thanks to Rob P for the excellent photographs.

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