Sold Pens Archive

Waterman Set

late 1940s

A few final good models did emerge in Waterman’s postwar years, and this set is one of those good ones, an executive pen and pencil set without a known model name. It is in a very handsome light blue, with shiny chrome friction cap and gold trim, and has probably never been used except for being dipped; in replacing its sac, dried ink was found in the nib and feed but not in the sac (to preserve its condition, there is no writing sample). The nib was tested with water, and writes a nice fine line. The mechanical pencil shows no evidence of prior use, and the mechanism works freely. Both pen and pencil still retain their stamped price codes. This set comes with its probably original case.

Price: $105 $75

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

Wearever Deluxe 100

late 1930s-1945

Deluxe 100’s were, with Pacemakers, Wearever’s flagship line from the late 1930s until the end of WWII.

In unusually good condition, in a beautiful moss green and black striated celluloid. It shows no evidence of corrosion under the clip and crown, the celluloid is almost unmarked, the imprint is faint but complete. The “Special Alloy” nib is typical and probably original, made of a gold metal; it writes a relatively smooth fine line.

Price: $40

Wearever Pacemaker

late 1930s-1945

Striped all-plastic button filler and Wearever’s signature clear plastic feed.  Probably NOS — it retains its price tag card. Button is strong and draws well.

Price: $50 $25

Wearever Pennant

1950s

1950s injection-molded plastic and thinly plated cap, grey with some swirls in the plastic, easily disassembled to swap among five different nibs, of which four will be included with this pen (broad, medium, flex, extra fine; missing the steno). Pennant nibs carried an overlay, which was advertised to improve ink flow. In addition, they have clear plastic feeds to show the ink.

Price: $35