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Swan Self-Filler

late 1930s

This is a Swan Self-Filler.  As often happens with English pens, this pen does not correspond exactly to any of the available notations, although its appearance is clearly that of a pre-WWII pen and it is so marked.  That said, it is handsome, in blue/black marbled celluloid, 13cm long, a lever-filler.  It carries a 14c Swan 2 nib, which which writes a very broad, almost stubbed, wet line.  

Price: $90

Wahl Oxford

1930s

Oxfords were Wahl’s 1930s budget line, usually very well made pens that did not carry the superior trim of the better models. This pen is in Moss Green celluloid, with metallic flecks. The celluloid is in excellent condition, with no significant marks or blemishes. The nib is the original #2 Wahl Oxford gold, and it writes a firm fine line.

Price: $80

Waterman Junior

1940s

From Canada, 4 3/4” long, a very sturdy and substantial pen, 1940s. It is a lever-filler in black celluloid, with chrome lever, clip and cap rings. It is also a very clean pen, almost unmarked. The Waterman’s Junior imprint is clear and deep. One of the best parts of this pen is its nib — the original Junior 14K nib that writes wet and broad, and with substantial flex.

Price: $65

Waterman Junior

1940s

Junior, from Canada, is 4 3/4” long, a very sturdy and substantial pen, late 1940s. It is a lever-filler in black celluloid, with chrome lever, clip and cap rings. It is also a very clean pen, almost unmarked. The Waterman’s Junior imprint is clear and deep. One of the best parts of this pen is its nib — the original Junior 14K nib that writes wet and broad, and with substantial flex.

Price: $70

Waterman Stalwart

late 1940s

In very good overall condition. The blue barrel and cap are very clean — no significant scratches or marks. The Canadian imprint is complete and clear. Some minor corrosion is present in the chrome crown. The lever is quite strong; it fills well. This pen’s only issue is that the nib and feed are not original to the pen and are not identified; the feed is worn but functional and the nib writes a very nice medium line. This is a user’s pen that should be quite durable, and it has been priced to accommodate the non-original nib.

Price: $62 $58

Waterman Stalwart

late 1940s

From late 1940s, in very good overall condition. Grey barrel and cap are generally very clean and bright, with a few minor marks on the barrel and cap; there is a small divot on the cap. The Canadian imprint is complete and clear.  The gold trim is clean and shiny. Nib and feed are original and correct; this pen writes a medium line with a touch of flex.

Price: $60

Waterman Thorobred

late 1930s

An American Thorobred, late 1930s, marbled celluloid in grey with red stripes, imprinted “Thorobred” at the bottom of the barrel, and is probably of the 3 series. At 4 1/4” long capped, it is a vest pocket pen that becomes a comfortable 5 1/2” long writer when posted. The trim is missing finish in various places. The nib is the original Waterman Ideal, 14K, and it writes a nicely wet fine line with some flex.

Price: $65

Waterman Thorobred  

late 1930s

This English Thorobred, mid-late 1930s. It might be a 32A or a 32B, in black celluloid. The nib is the original Waterman’s Ideal #2 gold nib, marked B. It writes a smooth, soft broad line with a bit of flex.

Price: $40

Waterman W2  

late 1940s

Canadian post WWII, dark grey plastic. This pen’s best feature is its nib, a gold Canadian Waterman nib that writes a smooth, luscious broad, perhaps double-broad, line.

Price: $49

Waterman 5

early 1930s

A particularly nice 5, early 1930s, in jet black celluloid, and it is a “Brown”, for fine, nibbed pen. The model 5 and “brown” designation can be seen clearly on the barrel plug and “Brown” on the nib itself. The barrel imprint and the original owner’s imprinted name are complete and easily read. This pen is very clean, with no scratches. Its only significant flaw is a patch of discoloration on the gripping section, probably the result of a soaking at some point in its long history. The pressure bar is strong and clean, and the gold cap ring, lever, and clip are shiny and free of tarnish. The Ideal nib is classic Waterman — a little flex and a sturdy feel without the stiffness of  the era.

Price: $325 $275