Waterman Pen Profiles: Eyedropper-fillers - Safeties - Overlay Patterns

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11508: Waterman 22: early black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, gold filled trim, two-line pre-globe barrel imprint, narrow three-fissure feed, "star" imprint #2 nib, long tail feed, chevron-pattern barrel chasing. Imprints and chasing crisp, hard rubber shows only the slightest fading, one tiny stress hairline to cap lip (see detail; not visible without magnification).

DATE: c. 1896 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $500 ORDER

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10490: Waterman 0502: gold filled "Chased" pattern eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, posting end has usual wear from cap but "WATERMAN" and patent date imprints all legible; spoon feed with patent imprints and long internal tail, section a bit rough where scratched from cap, barrel indicia has had a rose gold filled oval plaque attached (a common way of "erasing" an engraved monogram on the original indicia beneath). Notable early #2 star-imprint nib is smooth and flexible.

DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: broad stub flex • $850 ORDER

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10571: Waterman 0502: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled overlay in "Golpheresque" pattern, 13.4 cm long; unusually clean condition, metal crisp with initials engraved on indicia, imprint on side of posting end of barrel with a couple of scratches just above, no model number imprint at end; long-tailed spoon feed with patent imprint.

DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $1250 ORDER

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10903: Waterman 402: slender black hard rubber straight cap eyedropper-filler, sterling silver overlay in fine barleycorn pattern, full London hallmarks with date letter for 1904/5; 14.35 cm long, Waterman globe logo on posting end nice and legible, "Eva" engraved in indicia. Patent date imprint on narrow spoon feed, unusual nib with very wide factory italic tip.

DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad italic • $1100 ORDER

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9133: Waterman 322 Commercial: black hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, solid 9K English-hallmarked barrel overlay, 14.6 cm long; pre-Globe cap imprint worn but fully legible, seam split at front of overlay rewelded (see details); long-tail feed with patent imprints, early slender #2 New York nib.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium flex • $1200 ORDER

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11461: Waterman 412: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay; 13.6 cm long, #2 New York nib with much flexibility, spoon feed with patent imprints, imprints on silver light but legible, initial "H" engraved on indicia, hard rubber under the overlay has been professionally reblackened. Fine silver overlays are much scarcer than later examples in sterling.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium flex • $900 ORDER

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11341: Waterman 412: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay; 13.1 cm long, #2 nib with "N.Y." imprint, spoon feed with patent imprints, imprints on silver light but legible; hard rubber under the overlay has been professionally reblackened. Fine silver overlays are much scarcer than later examples in sterling.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $800 ORDER

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11459: Waterman 402: long slender English-market black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with London-hallmarked barleycorn pattern sterling silver overlay; 14.5 cm long, long-tined New York #2 nib with early imprint, long narrow spoon feed with patent imprints. Initials "M. C. L." engraved on indicia, metal crisp with only a few very shallow pinprick marks.

DATE: c. 1907 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine superflex • $1250 ORDER

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10952: Waterman 612: black hard rubber slip cap eyedropper-filler with pearl slabs on barrel, smooth gold filled barrel bands; 13.5 cm long, moderate even fading to hard rubber, #2 New York nib opens up easily with minimal pressure. Cap is not imprinted, may be a slightly later replacement. Pearl-slab Watermans are not common, and nearly all are taper-caps. This is only the second pearl-slabbed Waterman cone cap we have had in over 15 years.

DATE: c. 1907 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $1450 ORDER

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9985: Waterman 0504: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth gold filled overlay, 13.5 cm long; beautiful and elegant, bears French "DOUBLÉ OR" hallmarks with initials of Waterman's pre-WW1 European agent, L. & C. Hardtmuth; added clip is also typical of Hardtmuth-retailed pens. Big New York #4 nib writes an extremely fine line, feed bears patent imprints, overall condition is outstanding with only a few pinprick marks to the sides of the posting end.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: needlepoint semiflex • $1100 ORDER

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9753: Waterman 512½ Colonial: slender black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.1 cm long, solid 14K gold overlay in scarce fine parallel lines pattern, especially rare with factory cabochon at cap top; elegantly engraved monogram in indicia, minor bump marks to cap, overall nice and clean, smooth and responsive #2 New York nib.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $1800 ORDER

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9687: Waterman 12: English-market black hard rubber half-overlay eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, 9K solid gold barrel overlay, London-hallmarked with Waterman factory maker's mark; pattern is a combination of twist and deeply hand-chased floral scrollwork -- uncatalogued, and hitherto unknown. Indicia is monogrammed, gold has been polished down, so that the date letter cannot be read..

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $3850 ORDER

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9134: Waterman 402: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with enameled sterling silver overlay, 14.1 cm long; English-retailed, with the posting end marked "CALLOW OF MOUNT ST. MAYFAIR". Very clean, with no dings, or any tool marks to the posting end, though there are losses to the original inlaid white enamel stripes which have been restored with what appears to be cold enamel of a darker color -- losses which involve only the frontmost part of the barrel overlay, but the better part of the cap (condition otherwise would be excellent). Factory-made Waterman overlays with enamel work are extraordinarily rare, and appear to have been made only for a handful of ultra-luxe European retailers. This is only the second example we have seen in over 20 years of collecting.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $6500 ORDER

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11501: Waterman 43: rare desk pen, short-lived model, black hard rubber slip-cap clipless eyedropper-filler with long tapered barrel, 17.3 cm long; uncommon #3 New York nib is flexible but not soft, barrel imprints bold, scrape marks to feed. Moderate even fading, two longitudinal cracks in barrel (one virtually invisible, see detail; perhaps from pen being caught in a desk drawer) have been internally sealed, pen is ink-tight.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $600 ORDER

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11373: Waterman 0512½ in box: slender black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 11.9 cm long, smooth gold filled overlay, no brassing, dings, or engravings, very flexible #2 nib has a stable hairline under the section running just into the "E" in "NEW YORK", narrow spoon feed with patent date imprints, long tail. Christmas gift box is well worn, has 1910-dated inscription, instructions have some damage and losses, can be dated to c. 1906.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450 ORDER

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6130: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with fluted gold filled overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.3 cm long, a rare but fully catalogued factory model most often found in France and England (a version appears on p. 53 of Waterman's 1908 USA catalog under "Special Mountings" as Emerald End Special Fluted, priced at $50 -- more than three times the cost of a full sterling silver Snake); French hallmarks, no dings, but one small test mark on the seal bezel, imprints on posting end worn but mostly legible; toothy #4 New York nib, spoon feed with patent date imprints.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $2650 ORDER

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9139: Waterman 214: black hard rubber half-overlay eyedropper-filler with acid-etched .999 fine silver barrel; 13.9 cm long, unusually heavy #4 New York nib, monogram lightly engraved on indicia; etched Waterman overlays are rare, and even more so as a 214 rather than a 212.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium stub manifold • $2875 ORDER

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10923: Waterman 12½: slender black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.6 cm long, smooth 18K solid gold overlay with blue cabochon stone set in cap crown, with a narrow band of inset diamonds. Overlay bears French hallmarks, as does the 18K #2 New York nib, but does not appear to be factory work. Excellent quality, multiple shallow dings, nib opens up with minimal pressure.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $985 ORDER

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10622: Waterman Penanink: black chased hard rubber clipless eyedropper-filler, 12.7 cm long, approximately the size of a Waterman 12, with full Penanink imprints and nib, Aikin-style narrow feed. Moderate even fading and wear, nib is very smooth, has the beginnings of a hairline just starting on the right side of the vent hole. One of Waterman's less common subbrands.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $150 ORDER

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11520: Waterman 512½ VS: black hard rubber ringtop safety with full smooth 14K solid gold overlay, uncommon two-part telescoping cap; 9.5 cm long, nice and clean, a few very small pinhead dings, shallow and difficult to photograph. #2 New York is a classic Waterman flex, good and responsive. Color difference is metal is typical of solid gold Watermans of this era, which were typically made of rose gold and then plated with yellow, the yellow plating remaining where protected from wear.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $675 ORDER

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4291: Waterman 0512½VS Baby: smooth gold filled overlay safety with rare double cap; 9.3 cm long, has been recorked, turning knob fully marked, virtually no plating wear, but inner cap rim dinged and wavy (see detail), barrel engraved with name.

DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $375 ORDER

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9184: Waterman 442½V in box: black hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.6 cm long, smooth sterling silver overlay with hard to find telescoping outer cap; metal clean, imprints on hard rubber strong, initials "M.W.D." on barrel. Patent imprints on feed, responsive nib.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $500 ORDER

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8403: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.1 cm long, a rare but catalogued factory model most often found in France and England (a version appears on p. 53 of Waterman's 1908 USA catalog under "Special Mountings" as Emerald End Special Fluted, priced at $50 -- more than three times the cost of a full sterling silver Snake); London hallmarks are worn but mostly legible, one ding to the side of the cap, #4 nib with unusual turnup grind at tip; the smooth silver version of this pen is several times rarer than the fluted version in gold.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: medium oblique • $2950 ORDER

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9492: Waterman 13: a legendary rarity with a stanhope viewer in the cap, made to commemorate Waterman's 35th anniversary; black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.4 cm long, fancy gold filled barrel bands, correct nickel silver clip (this apparent mismatch is typical on this model); view through stanhope shows Waterman's Pen Corner in downtown New York City; nice clean condition, slight fading, even wear, all imprints clear. It has been suggested that these pens were made for Frank D. Waterman to present as personal gifts.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $2500 ORDER

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11280: Waterman 13: a legendary rarity with a stanhope viewer in the cap, made to commemorate Waterman's 35th anniversary; black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, nickel silver clip; view through stanhope shows Waterman's Pen Corner in downtown New York City. Good imprints and chasing, moderate even fading. It has been suggested that these pens were made for Frank D. Waterman to present as personal gifts.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $2650 ORDER

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11442: Waterman 42½: black hard rubber French-market clipless safety with sterling silver overlay; 12.65 cm long, fully marked, initials "G. F." on indicia, elegant engine turning, only a few pinprick marks (not to be confused with the small French hallmarks) . 18K gold #2 nib is a very smooth writer.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $800 ORDER

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10845: Waterman 42½: black hard rubber clipless safety, French-hallmarked 18K solid gold overlay; 12.8 cm long, metal crisp and fully marked, a few shallow bumps to the cap mouth not readily noticeable. Long-tined 18K New York #2 nib is a wet writer, permits dramatic line width variation.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $975 ORDER

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8907: Waterman 472: uncommon black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay; 13.1 cm long, London hallmarks, number at barrel end is simply "72" with no hundreds column digit, as is typical for English-market Watermans; 1925-dated presentation inscription, nice stub #2 nib has an incipient hairline from the vent hole, but should be stable if used without excessive writing pressure; even wear, light marks to metal, one tiny stress crack where barrel overlay crimped in place (see detail; for some reason these are extremely common in English-market Waterman overlays).

DATE: 1920 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $565 ORDER

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11034: Waterman 41: rare woodgrain red and black hard rubber slender clipless safety, 11.45 cm long, crisp and glossy, original cork seal has not been replaced but appears to be ink-tight; appears never to have been filled, later Waterman nib may indicate closeout model, assembly from new old stock parts.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine semiflex • $400 ORDER

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10093: Waterman 41: rare US-made French-market slender woodgrain hard rubber safety, 11.5 cm long, crisp and glossy, original cork seal has not been replaced but appears to be sound, pen has never been filled, nib is a French-hallmarked 18K warranted replacement of excellent quality, good writer with restrained line width variation.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine semiflex • $400 ORDER

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10603: Waterman 42: red hard rubber retracting-nib safety with elaborate Italian gold filled overlay; 12.25 cm long, excellent quality, very rare over red, crack in barrel from mouth through threads has been sealed and stabilized with an added ring of original Waterman red hard rubber in front of the threads (see details); not guaranteed ink-tight.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine firm • $2000 ORDER

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11314: Waterman 42: black hard rubber safety, Italian gold filled overlay, 12 cm long, checkerboard panels with brocaded floral design set into a fine engine turned background; #2 nib has slight turnup at tip, writes a crisp italic line.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine italic flex • $650 ORDER

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11028: Waterman 42½: French-market Ripple hard rubber safety with hallmarked "Gothic" pattern sterling silver overlay; 11 cm long, hard rubber crisp and glossy, metal excellent as well but for a couple of rim bumps to the cap crown (see details). 18K #2 nib is stublike in shape and tip.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $985 ORDER

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10992: Waterman 42: black hard rubber safety with 18K gold filled Italian octagonal overlay, 12.5 cm long, nicely engine turned panels, control mark of Waterman's Italian distributor, Carlo Cavaliere, Kosca-style clip.

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850 ORDER

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