Waterman’s Stalwart

late 1940s
About This Model

Stalwarts and Dauntlesses were North American production by Waterman's in the post-WWII years.  The clearly military name fit its time, as with the Taperite and Crusader submodels.  One has to be curious why pens were given adjectival names, but there are always questions about Waterman's nomenclature.  Generally speaking, these were inexpensive pens of decent quality, good writers.  Stalwarts are partially differentiated from Dauntless(es) by origin:  Stalwart was Canadian, with gold trim and two cap bands; Dauntless was American, had chrome trim and a single cap band.  However, a Dauntless with gold trim and an American imprint was a Stalwart.  If you're not yet confused, there was also an American lady's version, called a Starlet.  Such was Waterman's.

About This Pen

This pen is a Canadian Stalwart, with an unusual conical gripping section, sloping to an edge at the nib, rather than “ski-jump”, with a slope and a rise at the edge.  This style, in my experience, is seen only with French pens.  Of course, since the 1930s there were many more French Watermans’ than American, but there is no correlative French model like the Stalwart.  So, it is unknown whether this section was fit to this pen at some point or it came from the Canadian factory with it.  At any rate, this pen is very nice, in light brown/gold celluloid with some iridescence in the marbling; it resembles an Esterbrook. There are no major nicks or scratches; the gold trim is in very good condition. The imprint is thin but complete.  It is a lever-filler, and fills well.  The nib, which writes a wet medium, is 14k gold, marked Ideal, and Canada.  An interesting pen and a good writer.

This pen is not for sale.