Waterman’s 52Vs

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 listing has two matching pens offered for purchase together or singly. Both pens are red ripple hard rubber, in outstanding condition.

First, a 52V vest pocket pen. At a touch over 4 1/4” long, it will fit nicely in the hand without feeling too small, and is a comfortable pen to use. The hard rubber is exceptionally clean and not discolored, without scratches or nicks. I am especially fond of the matching rippled hard rubber gripping section. The gold trim is all intact and clean, although the cap ring is missing a bit of plating. The Ideal Clip-Cap clip engraving is shiny and easily read, with no tarnish. The Waterman’s nib is, as one would expect, a touch of firmness and fully flexible.
Second, the 52V’s spouse, a 52½V ringtop. It is the same length and girth as the 52V. Like the 52V, the ringtop is in equally nice condition, exceptionally clean and without discoloration. This pen does have a tiny spot of roughness, probably cap wear, low on the barrel, which is not seen unless searched for, and minor evidence of posting wear which is not significant or disfiguring. It is also missing some plating on the cap ring. Unlike the 52V, it has a red/brown feed, which matches the section perfectly. Its Ideal nib is also fully flexible and wet, a tad firmer than the 52V.
52V: $165
52½V: $155
Both together: $270

This pen is not for sale.