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Waterman Set

late 1940s

After WWII, Waterman’s days in North America were numbered. Waterman, even with its unique history, its elegant, well-made pens, and sometimes even glamorous pre-war models, could not find a way to keep up with Parker and Sheaffer or the rapidly growing ballpoint market, and the North American division was rapidly losing market share. However, a few final good models did emerge in the postwar years — in particular, the Taperites and a variety of very nice executive pens.

This set is one of those executive pen and pencil set — it does not have a known model name — in a very handsome light blue, with shiny chrome friction cap and gold trim, and it 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

Wearever Pioneer

1950s

With their sibling Pennants throughout the 1950s, Wearever Pioneers were ubiquitous drugstore pens, marketed at 50 cents each. In homage to the Parker 51, they featured a “hooded” nib made by an additional tab that partially covers the nib. It is in very clean red injection molded plastic with a metal cap that shows some wear; has a firm lever, Wearever’s signature clear plastic feed and writes a nice fine/medium line.

Price: $28 $24

Wilrite

1920s

This Wilrite has the gold-filled overlay over bright yellow celluloid. The gold overlay is complete and very clean (the yellow of the pen makes the gold overlay look silver in the photograph). The yellow celluloid shows some wear, but it is intact and complete. In addition, there is a small green end plug, most likely also celluloid. There is a smallish dent in the metal under the left top of the lever. Curiously, this pen carries a tiny Peter Pan nib, which, if it is the original nib, to pen people means a connection with the Salz Pen Company.  Although Salz was also a New York City company at that time, it was in a different neighborhood and available research does not show a connection with the Lafayette Street companies. However the Peter Pan got in this pen, it writes a nice fine/medium line with a little flex, an enjoyable little writer.

Price: $52 $46

Wilrite

1920s

This Wilrite is a large pen, 5 5/16” capped and a full 1/2” thick, with stunning gold over the orange plastic. The clip and lever are firm, the gold is particularly clean. The large Fount-O-Ink nib writes a smooth, firm fine line that is typical of a 1920s pen. The sad news is that the orange plastic under the cap overlay is cracked and there is a sizeable chunk missing. The cap does thread, hold and seal, but this elegant pen’s future is on the safe space of a desk, not in a bag or pocket.

Price: $65 $55

Wyvern Envoy

early 1950s

This pen is a Wyvern Envoy, from 1949/early 1950s, in what Wyvern called “Copper Rose”.  The Envoy is rarely seen in this pattern; most were black. This pen is a real beauty, shiny, without blemish, and still stickered!  Although stickered, it has been used; there was ink in the feed and in the replaced sac. The trim is missing a bit of plating, the thinness of which was well-known in Wyverns. It is also unusual that the clip carries the Leicester Dragon for which the brand is named.  The nib, true to the sticker, is a semi-flexible broad, and writes beautifully.  Although perhaps not England’s best or best-known brand, Wyvern did make some great writers, and this is clearly one!

Price: $120 SOLD

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