Waterman’s 452

1920s
About This Model

From 1915 until 1930 Waterman exhibited a modicum of consistency in numbering its models, describing a characteristic with a number in each of the pen’s number positions. From 1915-17, when Waterman's first lever-filled pens appeared, they were called SF, for Self-Filling, and each model had its own numbering conventions, the most common being the lever-filled 12 PSF, with the “P” denoting “pocket”, meaning a threaded cap to enable pocket carry. In 1917, Waterman's renamed its pens to numbers, with each type numbered. Thus, the 52, the most frequently seen model family, is a 2 size nib in a lever-filled hard rubber pen. The smaller pens got Vs for pocket size and ½ for slender, and led with a 0 for gold-filled ringtops. These pens were huge sellers during the decade when Waterman’s enjoyed its leadership in pendom.

About This Pen

Of all the Waterman’s 52 family pens around, one doesn’t often see a 452, which in this case is a full-length 52 in a sterling silver overlay. The overlay is complete except, in this style leaving the shiny black ebonite section and tassie exposed. It is solid overlay in the common Gothic pattern, not a see-through version, including an unused insignia panel. The pen is marked “sterling” in at least four places. Excepting only a very little bit of corrosion over the two breathing holes and a scuff on the underside of the section, it is in excellent condition. The nib, of course, is the proper Waterman’s Ideal No. 2, and it writes a full flex. This is a special, rarely seen pen that can withstand regular use.

This pen is not for sale.