About This Model
From the 19-teens through the 1920s, Waterman produced a wide variety of smaller ringtop pens, designed to be held by a ribbon to a lady’s bag or worn around her neck. Waterman’s ringtops were in made in ebonite (red, black, or rippled hard rubber) and in metal overlays. They generally carried Waterman #2 nibs and wrote with flex, often full flex. The metal overlays were also available in a variety of engraved patterns, from geometric shapes to floral designs.
About This Pen
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.