Mabie Todd is a name synonymous with quality fountain pens. During the 30s their flagship pen was the Swan Leverless, an elegantly simple patented, twist-filling mechanism that was used to fill the ink sack. The range included lizard skin designs in blue, green, garnet and pearl grey.

Up for auction at 1818 Auctioneers, as part of their online January auction of Vintage Fountain Pens and Writing Equipment, was a Mabie Todd Swan L445 Leverless fountain pen, in pearl grey lizard skin. It attracted 14 bids and sold over its estimate, to make £145.

Keen interest also saw a Montblanc 202 button fill fountain pen in black with gold trim, and with a Montblanc 2 nib, realise £110.

And a Sheaffer Snorkel fountain pen in blue, with brushed steel cap and a Sheaffer nib, led to a winning bid of £115.