Sold Pens Archive

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’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’s 0552 1/2V

1915-1920s

Price: $115

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

1920s

This is a special Waterman’s 52. It is typical in its size, full length 5 ¼”, and composition of chased black hard rubber. This pen has two hallmarked gold rings on the barrel and a very attractive accommodation clip with fleur-de-lis design in gold over a black background, closely resembling a paper cigar band. The history of the clip, including whether it came with the originally clipless pen at its original purchase, is unknown. The hard rubber is in very nice condition, although the exposed areas are typically discolored by age and light and the chasing is a little thin in some areas. The barrel carries two complete imprints, one facing east-west and one near the base of the barrel, perpendicular to the barrel. The nib is a Waterman’s 14k 2, and it writes a fully flexible line but is not a “wet noodle”.

Price: $225

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 Crusader

1946-49

This is a USA-made Crusader, defined by its open nib, gold-colored with horizontal chrome inset banded cap, and solid color plastic barrel. It is a nice looking pen, writes wonderfully, but the late 1940s, with some exceptions, were not Waterman USA’s finer hours. The only real issue is that the cap is a bit tight releasing from the barrel ring.

Price: $49

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