About This Model
Waterman's pens during the 1930s were some of their most beautiful models, and encompassed the most change of any decade. The 30s started with the old 52s, straight ebonite pens, and ended with the Hundred Year Pens and the beautiful Inv-Vues, both top quality, adventurous lines. Between those were the Patricians and Dorics, fine celluloid pens with beautiful trim; the 92/94 series of celluloid pens that were full length with handsome marbeled bodies; and the 32/3/2 series, which were more modest, with economical trim, but also handsome pens. They all sported Ideal gold nibs, most of which were flexible and fine writers. Add 5s and 7s
About This Pen
By the mid-1930s Waterman’s had moved into celluloid production and was slowly losing its market position to Wahl, Parker, and Sheaffer. They produced fine pens, including the Patrician, and later the Ink-Vue, but the mid-’30s were not kind years for the company. One of their middle lines was the 32, in black and (I believe) marbled celluloid, with chrome trim. This pen is in nice user condition. It shows some micro-scratching and general wear but there are no significant scratches or nicks. This is a vest pocket pen, at 4 1/16” long, but it has almost full girth so feels good in the hand. The trim is chrome and is quite clean. Its clip resembles that of the contemporaneous Esterbrook Dollar pen than that of a typical Waterman, which may help explain where Waterman believed its competition lay. Imprint is complete. The model is clearly imprinted on the bottom of the barrel. The nib is a Waterman Ideal, and an “A”, soft and springy. A sweet little pen, should be a good daily writer.
Price: $60 Sold