Waterman Pen Profiles: Early Self-Fillers - Lever-Fillers - Overlay Patterns

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6520: Waterman Remex Self-Filler No. 101: one of Waterman's earliest self-fillers, and so rare that most advanced collectors have never seen a complete example; construction is all-aluminum, with a hard rubber press-fit section assembly, sleeve rotates rather than slides to expose filler bar; this example is new old stock, and the hardened sac is preserved with the pressure bar laced in place exactly according to the William Ferris patent 799,897 of 1905 (Ferris' patent 950,817 of 1910 is the one covering the usual Waterman sleeve-filler design); 14 cm long, superficial shop wear, "PAT. APPL'D FOR" imprint.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine flex • $1650 ORDER

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10833: Waterman 412 SF: black hard rubber sleeve-filler with sterling silver "Filigree" overlay, 14 cm long, #2 New York nib is smooth and lively, writes a nicely shaded line; number at end of barrel is worn but legible, "4" in hundreds place is omitted as is the norm in pre-1908 pens. A few shallow bumps to the cap crown, nickel plating of pressure bar is largely intact. A fine example of one of Waterman's uncommon early self-fillers.

DATE: c. 1907 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $1800 ORDER

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8982: Waterman 12P: rare black chased hard rubber pump-filler, 14.4 cm long, nickel plated clip, hard rubber faded but sound, with nice sharp imprints and good chasing -- a fully functional example of one of Waterman's earliest and least common self-fillers.

DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $685 ORDER

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3779: Waterman 12P: rare black chased hard rubber pump-filler, 14.8 cm long, good imprints with 1897 and 1900 patent dates; moderate, even fading, a nice clean example of one of Waterman's earliest and least successful self-fillers.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $675 ORDER

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10242: Waterman 12P: rare mottled hard rubber pump-filler, 13.8 cm long, good color, imprints worn but mostly legible, including patent dates and arrow on filler knob. Filler knob end has been shortened by about 5 mm, possibly due to breakage of the original end notch. #2 nib has surface roughness, but is a wonderful, soft writer; pen is mechanically sound and filler works perfectly. Waterman pump-fillers are hard to find, but are truly rare in mottled.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine flex • $650 ORDER

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10974: Waterman 412 SF: black hard rubber clipless sleeve-filler with sterling silver "Filigree" overlay, 13.3 cm long, #2 New York nib is smooth and lively, number at end of barrel is worn away, indicia bears initials and date;.

DATE: c. 1911 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $1600 ORDER

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10561: Waterman 16 SF: large black chased hard rubber sleeve-filler, 14.5 cm long, even wear, has been reblackened, mechanically sound, notable long-tined #6 New York nib provides great line width variation. Sleeve-fillers in sizes larger than 12 or 14 are rare.

DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine superflex • $800 ORDER

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10832: Waterman 12 PSF coin-filler: black chased hard rubber, nickel clip, 13.4 cm long; well-used, chasing worn smooth, imprints all legible, lower clip rivet loose (clip will not snap back if ball end is pulled away from cap). Long-tined New York #2 nib has considerable flex and a bit of tooth. A good example of one of Waterman's shortest-lived and scarcest filling systems.

DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine flex • $465 ORDER

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10090: Waterman 0512½ PSF Oriental: black hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, gold filled overlay with uncommon hand-engraved pattern; early production, with two-piece sprung pressure bar, bold imprints on posting end, metal excellent noting engraved initial on cap crown, some corrosion around cap vent holes (see details) -- metal otherwise near mint. Notable nib, smooth and flexible, feed with bold patent date imprint.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1200 ORDER

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8455: Waterman cigar cutter: blade and metal fittings have patches of pitting, but the imitation ivory celluloid body is clean with only slight rubbing at the top right corner on the Rotary emblem. A promotional item given by company president Frank D. Waterman to his fellow Rotarians -- background history here.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $285 ORDER

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11460: Waterman 18 PSF: oversize black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 15.4 cm long, nickel plated trim, scarce early production model with two-piece sprung pressure bar, narrow raised barrel threads. #8 New York nib has been retipped, hard rubber has been professionally dye-reblackened, all imprints clearly legible.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $950 ORDER

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10506: Waterman 0512½ PSF: early black hard rubber clipless lever-filler with rose gold filled "Gothic" pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long; one of Waterman's first lever-fillers, with narrow raised barrel threads and two-piece sprung pressure bar. Imprints on hard rubber posting end are mostly worn away, commensurate wear to overlay, initials on indicia. Long-tined New York #2 nib is a wet writer and very soft, should be used with a light hand.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $685 ORDER

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7199: Waterman cigar cutter: celluloid body warped and markings badly worn, blade well-used. Unusual, as most examples marked on one side only. A promotional item given by company president Frank D. Waterman to his fellow Rotarians -- background history here.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fair • $100 ORDER

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10885: Waterman 0514 PSF: black hard rubber lever-filler with gold filled Filigree overlay, 13.4 cm long, very early production with thin raised barrel threads, flat-ended lever, and 2-piece sprung pressure bar. Slight fading to hard rubber, imprints sharp and clear, plating like new with only touch of brassing at end of lever. Much less common in #4 size than #2, semistub nib.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium flex • $650 ORDER

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11368: Waterman 14 PSF: clipless black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, nickel plated trim, a rare example of one of the very first Waterman lever-fillers with a number of distinctive features, including the oval recess for the lever end, a sprung pressure bar assembled with a rivet and with a barrel-shaped anchor end, and a lever box stop consisting of a bent-over tab (discussed in this article). Lever-fillers marked "PSF" were made only from 1915 to 1917; of these, only a small number had sprung pressure bars and raised barrel threads; and of these, only a tiny fraction belong to the very first series with the features noted above, making them at least as rare as Waterman coin-fillers. Hard rubber is worn and faded but sound with all imprints visible.

DATE: 1915 • CONDITION: G • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $450 ORDER

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11004: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler, solid 14K rose gold overlay, 13.4 cm long, narrow yellow gold clip probably added in the later 1920s; fancy engraved monogram on barrel, wear and scattered light marks to metal with dings to cap crown, still an attractive pen with a notable nib.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine flex • $600 ORDER

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9874: Waterman 0552: black hard rubber lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled "Gothic" pattern overlay, earlier production with 18K gold filled mark on clip, globe emblem on metal filler piece in lever head recess; nice smooth responsive #2 New York nib, not great line width variation. End number worn off, though imprint on side of posting end quite strong. Nicely engraved monogram on indicia, metalwork crisp, only a couple of dots of brassing.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $565 ORDER

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2631: Waterman store sign: porcelain enamel on iron, 76 x 20 cm (30 x 8 inches); chips to the enamel and rusty patches; the perfect wall decoration for a pen room.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: G* • $350 ORDER

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8645: Waterman pencil: black chased hard rubber ringtop, 9.9 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp and dark, scratch through "PAT. APL'D FOR" imprint, uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52 1/2 V or 42 1/2 V pen.

DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • $45 ORDER

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10052: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler, smooth solid 14K gold overlay, 13.35 cm long, fully marked, slight fading to hard rubber, model number imprint on barrel end almost entirely worn away; elegantly engraved monogram on barrel, a few light marks to the sides of the cap, noteworthy nib is extremely smooth and flexible.

DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $950 ORDER

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9598: Waterman 0552½ LEC: black hard rubber lever-filler with crisp gold filled overlay in Sheraton (grouped parallel lines) pattern; 12.8 cm long, metal is like new but for corrosion around cap breather holes and tiny spot of blistering next to clip (see details); #2 nib is smooth, opens with pressure, but more for general writing with restrained but elegant line variation.

DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine flex • $485 ORDER

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10178: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber with gold filled "Sheraton" pattern overlay, 13.1 cm long; early production, uses 1.1 mm lead, next to no wear, minimal fading to hard rubber, but name on barrel and scattered pinprick blistering on the overlay (see details).

DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $90 ORDER

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10883: Waterman 58 Cardinal: giant red hard rubber lever-filler, 15.3 cm long, 18K gold filled trim, a fine example of a very scarce pen, all imprints clearly legible, massive #8 manifold nib is a smooth writer (a more flexible nib can be substituted if desired).

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine rigid • $3500 ORDER

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11439: Waterman 452½ Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler with sterling silver overlay, 13.5 cm long, not heavily used, but silver has been cleaned with a chemical dip, leaving the metal surface granular and the hard rubber under the overlay somewhat faded. #2 nib is classic Waterman, smooth and lively with a semistub nib and enough flexibility for effortlessly shaded writing.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $465 ORDER

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8641: Waterman pencil: black chased hard rubber ringtop, 9.9 cm long, gold filled trim, hard rubber crisp, minor wear to metal cap; uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52 1/2 V or 42 1/2 V pen.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $50 ORDER

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8644: Waterman pencil: black smooth hard rubber ringtop, 9.9 cm long, gold filled trim, imprint with 1924 patent date, uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52 1/2 V or 42 1/2 V pen, slight fading to hard rubber.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG • $45 ORDER

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11354: Waterman 452½ Gothic: black hard rubber lever-filler, crisp sterling silver checkerboard pattern overlay, 13.6 cm long, bold imprints on hard rubber, no dings, #2 nib is an outstandingly expressive writer; initials "J.F.L" on indicia. It is difficult to find silver pens of this era in such clean condition.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine flex • $600 ORDER

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10097: Waterman pinback: campaign button for Frank D. Waterman's campaign for mayor of New York City, 21 mm diameter, read about the campaign here..

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $35 ORDER

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8908: Waterman 0552½ Gothic: clipless black hard rubber lever-filler, gold filled checkerboard pattern overlay, 13.6 cm long; initials on barrel indicia, trace plating wear at top edge of crown, but otherwise extremely clean with bold posting end imprint and unfaded glossy black hard rubber; no trace of model number imprint on end, appears never to have been there; notable nib, very fine yet with a good degree of flexibility.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450 ORDER

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9405: Waterman 452 Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver overlay, 13.75 cm long, a couple of tiny marks to the side of the cap top rim, hard rubber imprints good, name engraved on indicia; responsive #2 nib writes an elegant line, can be made to open up with pressure.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $525 ORDER

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10678: Waterman 552½ LEC: black hard rubber lever-filler with solid 14K green gold overlay in Sheraton (grouped parallel lines) pattern; 13 cm long, light bumps to ends, indicia engraving has been covered with a matching solid gold plate; nib has a very fine tip, opens up to a considerable degree with slight pressure.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1000 ORDER

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10570: Waterman 0552½ LEC Filigree set in box: black hard rubber lever-filler with full 18K gold filled overlay, 13.1 cm long, earlier pattern with six intersecting strips instead of the more common four; crisp with wear apparently only from polishing, only slightest fading to hard rubber, nib is very flexible and responsive, opens up wide with light pressure; matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead. Box is rather a mess, included as is.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $800 ORDER

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2632: Waterman atlas book cover: from a series intended for distribution in schools, this covers the United States; 33 x 48 cm (13 x 19 inches), reverse has map of USA w facts & figures about cities & states; new old stock, minor age spots.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $45 ORDER


11257: Waterman 58: giant black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 15.3 cm long, chrome plated lever, big #8 nib is responsive with lots of flexibility. Hard rubber has been reblackened, cap lip trimmed; cap was originally clipless, topmost of two clip rivet holes was never drilled all the way through, so post-factory clip installation appears to have been started but not completed. All imprints clear, chasing moderately worn, impressive user.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $865 ORDER

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11062: Waterman 52½V: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11.4 cm long, made in USA for the French market, 18K French-hallmarked #2 nib, unusual trim with distinctive chrome cap band and crown cap; nib is Euro-style toothy with lots of flex.

DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $200 ORDER

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10712: Waterman 52: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver overlay, 11.4 cm long, a three-quarter length French-market model with covered barrel end and no model number imprint, the engine turning pattern similar to the USA "Gothic", but different. Full French hallmarks, 18K gold nib is responsive and slightly toothy, some shallow bumps to the barrel overlay (see details), lever is nickel silver rather than sterling (appears to be original, as plate under lever end is matching).

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $600 ORDER

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8640: Waterman pencil: black smooth hard rubber ringtop, 9.8 cm long, gold filled trim, minor wear and marks to metal cap; uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52 1/2 V or 42 1/2 V pen.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • $50 ORDER

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8621: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber ringtop, 9.9 cm long, green gold filled "Pansy Panel" overlay, matches 0552 1/2 V or 0542 1/2 V pen, uses 1.1 mm lead; some tool marks on crown piece, monogram "M. T. C." on indicia (perfect for a Swan collector!).

DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG • $60 ORDER

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8746: Waterman combination: Ripple hard rubber lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, no brassing, excellent color, surface of cap slightly rippled; #2 nib very fine, toothy if pressed hard enough to open up significantly; outstanding specimen of a rare and uncatalogued model, from the estate of a former Waterman employee.

DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $1250 ORDER

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9988: Waterman 52½: black hard rubber clipless 3/4-length lever-filler, 11.25 cm long, seven-sided sterling silver London-hallmarked engine turned overlay with enamel-inlaid perpetual calendar. A very rare and characteristically English model, very smooth and responsive nib.

DATE: 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium flex • $2250 ORDER

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9977: Waterman 01852V Ripple in box: a scarce pen in mint condition -- an Olive Ripple hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, price sticker at end of barrel, hard rubber unfaded, crisp and glossy, imprints deep and razor-sharp, completely unworn; pen appears to have been dipped, probably in the store. In blue cardboard box with instructions. Note that most 52V colored Ripple (i.e., other than red and black) pens bear clips -- ringtop versions are much less common.

DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine flex • $600 ORDER

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9677: Waterman 554 LEC Gothic set in box: black hard rubber lever-filler, 14K solid gold overlay, 13.8 cm long, with matching 1.1 mm pencil; both crisp with 1933 presentation inscriptions, pencil has some bumps to crown piece, pen has raised ridge on side of posting end, partially redone bead on barrel end (see details). Pen lever is post-globe style, but may be original -- it is fully 14K marked. #4 nib is a smooth and effortlessly elegant writer. Box has some internal staining; both pen and pencil have considerable heft -- there is over $400 worth of gold in the pen alone.

DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1650 ORDER

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10402: Waterman 52 combination: rare hard rubber lever-filler with sterling silver overlay incorporating a retracting propelling pencil in the end of the barrel; 13.5 cm long, barrel end twists to extend Mordan-mechanism pencil (uses VS lead); full London hallmarks, maker's mark for Mappin & Webb, though overlay identical to others bearing Waterman's FDW mark. Fine barleycorn pattern, multiple scattered shallow dings, dent to clip ball, soldered patch to front edge of barrel overlay (see detail), smooth and responsive #2 Canada nib.

DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine flex • $1650 ORDER

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6604: Waterman pencil: gold filled "Gothic" pattern over black hard rubber ringtop, 10.6 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, mechanism propels and retracts; matches 0552½V or 0542½V pen.

DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $60 ORDER

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11258: Waterman 403: uncommon late production celluloid lever-filler with sterling silver "Filigree" overlay, 12.9 cm long, barrel indicia elegantly engraved "E.L.L.", clean overlay with one pinhead ding to side of cap; very responsive #2 nib with lots of flex, feed with inlaid red hard rubber center strip. Very hard to find in such fine condition, as much more prone to dents and clip damage than earlier pre-streamline versions.

DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $650 ORDER

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4696: Waterman 52 combination: rare hard rubber lever-filler with 9K solid gold factory overlay incorporating a retracting propelling pencil in the end of the barrel; 13.7 cm long, barrel end twists to extend Mordan-mechanism pencil (uses VS lead); full London hallmarks, crisp fine barleycorn finish, only minor marks to metal, initials "S.J.M." on indicia, #2 Canada nib, cap thread engagement short but solid.

DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $2650 ORDER

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