This 1935 Blackbird had quite a bit of work done on it before it came to me. The broad gold-plated cap band was probably fitted to cover a cap lip crack. It won’t crack now, that’s for sure!
It also had a Swan clip. It was fine so long as you didn’t look too closely but I couldn’t leave it like that. A search through the spares revealed a cracked cap with the required clip, correct if shabby. With the help of the heat gun the clips were swapped easily. The replacement clip has lost some plating but at least it’s a Blackbird clip.
These flat-top Blackbirds are very attractive. This one is in the /41 pattern, Almond Green. Like this one, many of the 1930s celluloid patterns are superb. On the end of the barrel is inscribed BB2B/G2. I really can’t parse that. The final “G2” is a complete mystery to me. I see similar, possibly larger pens in Stephen Hull’s book. They are designated “G3” so perhaps size comes into it. Much has been learned about Mabie Todd mysteries in recent years but I’m glad there are some puzzles left for us to gnaw upon.