I picked up this 4260 recently, a post-war Leverless in very good condition. It came in a repair box with a cover note stating that it had been repaired in Yeovil by W. Gibson Esq. in 1951. It seems that pen repair runs in the family!
That aside, this was the last in the long and successful line of the paddle Leverlesses. Shortly after this pen left the factory Mabie Todd re-tooled for production of a pressure-bar Leverless, an excellent and efficient design but not such a pleasure to repair.
I haven’t seen one of those cover notes before though I’ve had lots of Swans in repair boxes. I suppose they were thrown away though the box was kept. What makes this one different is that I don’t think the pen was used after repair. When I flushed it no ink appeared and when I ran a cotton bud through the section it came out clean. Here’s a little supposition: by time the pen came back from repair the owner, in need of something to write with, had picked up one of those new-fangled Biros. The Leverless was set aside in the drawer until the ballpoint was used up, with every intention of going back to it, but the Biro proved so convenient that a replacement refill was bought, and another, and another…
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I believe you did see such a cover note before, Deb. It was enclosed with a 1060 Swan that I bought from you a year or two ago. That note was from the Manie, Todd “head” (?) office in Mayfair, London. I certainly will not throw that note away!
Thanks for the reminder, Hans!
Also, could it be the case that the honourable Mr Gibson was the recipient of the repaired pen rather than the author of the repair?
The 1060 that I bought also was in a Swan repair box with the note (dated in 1949) enclosed, and seemingly in unused condition. Perhaps the decline of the (use of) fountain started earlier than we thought.
Yes, Mr Gibson could be the customer. Adoption of ballpoints started quite early in the UK as the RAF had been using them during WWII.