Sold Pens Archive

Waterman’s 0552 1/2V

1920s

A Waterman’s 0552 1/2V ringtop, this one is in gold-plate with the Sheraton chasing pattern cut into the overlay. The indicia is engraved with faux Chinese initials “JMJ”.  It is in very good condition, with a couple of very small dents in the barrel and cap. The ring is complete and with a strong mount. The nib is a Waterman’s 2, and writes a full soft flex.

Price: $115

Waterman’s 0552 1/2V

1910s

This is a very nice example of a Waterman’s ringtop pen with full flexibility. At barely 3.5” long, it needs to be posted, and happily this one’s barrel end is chased to protect the metal from scratching. The pen is overlaid with filled gold over black hard rubber, and the overlay is in fleurs-de-lis pattern. The wonder of this pen is its nib: it writes a broad to double broad wet line, with full flex.

Price: $120

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

Waterman’s 52 1/2V

1920s

This little ringtop is in red hard rubber, with gold-plated lever, cap ring, and ring top. From the 1920s, it is a ladies’ pen, at 4 ½” long capped and ⅜” wide. The barrel and cap are evenly oxidized, giving the pen a pleasant red/brown appearance.  Underneath the cap, the bottom of the barrel is a bit shinier. The imprints — main Waterman’s along the barrel and secondary near the bottom, as well as on the base, are deep and complete. The nib is a Waterman’s Ideal, 2, and it writes a firm flex with good range.

Price: $110

Waterman’s 52Vs

1920s

Price: $165

Waterman’s Ideal 52

late 1910s-1920s

This is a classic 52, from the late 19-teens through the 1920s, in chased black hard rubber.  It is in typical condition for these pens: clean, generally free of deep scratches and scars, but showing its age.  It is 5 1/2” long, the typical size for these pens, and is a nice relatively undiscolored black. It is missing its riveted clip, and curiously shows the clip’s mounting scar, but it’s in the wrong place for reasons I cannot identify. But the lever box is mostly clean and certainly works well.  As with all ebonite Waterman’s Ideal pens, this pen’s attraction is its nib: Ideal gold, which writes a full and wet flex.

Price: $150

Waterman’s/JIF

1960s

This grey pen is one of the 1960s models, 13.5cm long capped and 7mm wide below the cap, full-sized. It carries very clean gold trim, which I believe is gold-plate. The pen itself is plastic, shows a little bit of wear, but cleaned up quite nicely.  There are three small cracks in the cap edge, which were repaired but can still be seen, and are reflected in this pen’s price. The Waterman’s barrel imprint is very faint but still legible. The nib is marked Waterman’s, 18Ct, 3B, France. The 3 is presumably the size, but these are not standardized, and that nib appears to me to be larger than a 3.  It writes a nice wet fine line, with a bit of flex and feedback.

Price: $75

Waterman’s/JIF

1960s

Price: $95

Waterman’s Stalwart

late 1940s

This pen is a Canadian Stalwart, with an unusual conical gripping section, sloping to an edge at the nib, rather than “ski-jump”, with a slope and a rise at the edge.  This style, in my experience, is seen only with French pens.  Of course, since the 1930s there were many more French Watermans’ than American, but there is no correlative French model like the Stalwart.  So, it is unknown whether this section was fit to this pen at some point or it came from the Canadian factory with it.  At any rate, this pen is very nice, in light brown/gold celluloid with some iridescence in the marbling; it resembles an Esterbrook. There are no major nicks or scratches; the gold trim is in very good condition. The imprint is thin but complete.  It is a lever-filler, and fills well.  The nib, which writes a wet medium, is 14k gold, marked Ideal, and Canada. 

Price: $75

Wearever

1930s

This pen is a 1930s Wearever. It does not have a known model designation, but its appearance is similar to other Kahn-manufactured pens from those years. Its celluloid is a dark cafe-creme with red streaks, almost like a light wooden burl. The pen is in very good condition, 5 1/4″ long with no deep scratches, nicks or cap cracks. There is no imprint; indeed, the only evidence that this is a Wearever is the brand marking on the long humped clip. The nib is marked “Pioneer” (another Kahn name), and is steel with a remaining hint of its former gold-colored plate. It writes a smooth wet fine/medium line.

Price: $40