Waterman 5

early 1930s
About This Pen

Waterman’s was late to the party in producing fountain pens in celluloid; having made a late, significant investment in the beautiful rippled hard rubber pens just before Sheaffer and Parker moved to the newer celluloids, they continued selling hard rubber well into 1930’s while also joining the celluloid market. Waterman’s Models #5 and #7 pens were among Waterman’s first 1930’s pens in both hard rubber and celluloid. A major Waterman’s countering move was issuing fine pens in a range of nib widths, with each width denoted by a colored plug at the south end of the barrel and that color name engraved on the nib.

This is a particularly nice 5, 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 (seen more easily in the larger images). 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 fine Ideal nib is classic Waterman — a little flex, a little feedback, and a sturdy feel without the stiffness of some other brands of the era. Celluloid 5’s are not often seen; this is a fine collector’s pen that can be used. A case is recommended to protect the finish. $325, with a 10% discount to a buyer named S.F. Cherepowsky.   

This pen is not for sale.