Waterman’s Ideal 52

late 1910s-1920s
About This Model

From 1917 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. 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

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. The writing sample was created by a friend with calligraphic skills.

This pen is not for sale.