Waterman’s 0552

About This Model

From 1915 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. From 1915-17, when Waterman's first lever-filled pens appeared, they were called SF, for Self-Filling, and each model had its own numbering conventions, the most common being the lever-filled 12 PSF, with the “P” denoting “pocket”, meaning a threaded cap to enable pocket carry. In 1917, Waterman's renamed its pens to numbers, with each type numbered. 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 pen is a full-size 52 with a full-length covering gold overlay, which makes it a 0552. It’s also curious, because unlike almost every other Waterman’s of the 1920s-1930s I’ve seen, there is no model number engraved in the base of the barrel! The gold, in the frequently seen Pansy pattern, is in very good condition. There is a very little bit of plating loss at the bottom cap edge. The black hard rubber, where it is visible, is black, largely without discoloration, and unscratched. The Waterman’s imprint in the base of the barrel is deep and fully legible. The nib writes a beautiful medium to broad flex; it has support, is not a “wet noodle”.

This pen is not for sale.