Waterman’s 3V


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

This pen is a 3V, actually a 3V-G, their Green Quartz model. The 3Vs were considered vest pocket pens, at 4 1/4″ long capped they fit a full vest pocket perfectly. This pen shows profound crystallization in the celluloid, particularly at the base of the barrel, but also rippled through the barrel and cap. The 3Vs were made during the early years of celluloid use in fountain pens, and early deterioration struck marbled and jade pens especially hard. It is all but absolutely certain that the damage was complete many years ago, and that this pen will not deteriorate further in the upcoming decades. However, it (like any old pen, really) should not be stored in direct sunlight or heat. The deterioration aside, the barrel and cap are smooth, but there is microwear. The imprints, both on the barrel and the base of the barrel, are clean and easily read. The nickel-plated clip is bent and a bit corroded, but in far better condition than many I’ve seen. More important, the lever is very clean and solid. In the 3s, the clip and the crown are combined into one plated unit, probably to save cost, but they tend to hold up well. The gold Ideal nib is flexible but not a full flex, a very nice writer. This is indeed a bargain for a flexible nib, so enjoy it!

Price: $59 $50 Sold

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