About This Model
After WWII, Waterman's new American production was thinning down; cash was tight and competition extremely tough. Waterman's did produce two new lines starting as early as 1945, which are often confused: the Taperites and the Crusaders.
The Taperites were first, with the Stateleigh and the Citation. The Stateleighs were frank Parker 51 copies, with hooded nibs but without Parker's sturdy construction and internal workings. Citations carried hooded nibs but a celluloid cap with a very broad plated cap ring. Open nibbed pens were also produced, but these were Crusaders, also in Stateleigh and Citation. Some of the Taperites were very attractive and wonderful writers, but the quality diminished in the later 1940s.
Crusaders appeared with gold metal caps with silver stripes, until at least late 1953. The nomenclature got even more confusing in the late 1940s, as Taperites and Crusaders appeared as Dauntless, Corinth, and Medalist, some from Canada and some from the US. Even with the lower production quality, and their propensity to be extremely difficult to disassemble, these pens were often superior writers, with flex nibs and rigid nibs.
About This Pen
This is the Taperite Stateleigh, the higher end of the Taperite line. It is very easily confused with a Parker 51: gold cap, black body, hooded nib. However, under the hood there is a traditional nib and feed. Waterman’s quality dropped steeply after WWII, but the Stateleighs were exceptions; they were well-made and great writers. This pen is missing a little gold plate in the cap, and has a ring of scratch marks left by an earlier attempt to disassemble the pen, a steep challenge with many Stateleighs caused by barrel shrinkage. It is a very pleasing pen to hold and use, and writes a wet fine/medium line. Enjoy this pen, give it a case to protect the softer plastic, don’t worry about it!