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There's nothing like a classic Waterman. This selection spans the latter part of the company's Golden Age, from the later 'teens through the 1930s.
12492: Waterman 552½V: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler with solid 14K gold "Filigree" overlay, 9.85 cm long; less common early variation of the "basketweave" pattern with six intersecting bands instead of four. Lively #2 New York nib, slight fading to hard rubber, scattered bumps to metal all minor, overall appearance excellent.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $400
12468: Waterman 76: uncommon oversize woodgrain mottled hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim; imprints deep and bold, hard rubber is like new, crisp and glossy, big #6 nib is a wet writer, has a tiny crack from the vent hole (see details).
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium semiflex • $685
12485: Waterman 42½V: crisp and glossy black chased hard rubber vest pocket safety, 9.5 cm long, as new, seal has been replaced, no sign of ink inside -- never filled.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine italic flex • SOLD
12480: Waterman 58 Ripple: oversize red and black hard rubber lever-filler, largest in the line at 15.5 cm long; gold filled trim, massive #8 nib is a smooth writer, has been retipped; hard rubber is boldly patterned, with strong imprints on the barrel. Small manufacturing flaw at end of barrel, photographed for maximum visibility but not likely to be noticed upon casual inspection (see detail).
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • SOLD
12482: Waterman Lady Patricia Ink-Vue: silver pearl compound lever pump-filler, 10.9 cm long, chrome plated trim, fancy patterned transparent barrel, bold imprints, as usual cap band slightly loose, will turn; to fill, lever is opened and pressed several times (similar to a Vacumatic), smooth and responsive nib; near-perfect barrel transparency, typical pitting to trim plating.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $205
12513: Eversharp Skyline: rare Wahl-marked burgundy streamline lever-filler, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, bearing Wahl imprints on clip ring, clip, and nib, and a "W" in place of the usual double-check mark; it has been postulated that these pens were made in order to maintain Eversharp's right to the Wahl name (US trademark law requires the mark to be used). Sound condition, with the usual clip mark to the cap and posting wear to the barrel just forward of the lever.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $175
12515: Kraker lever-filler: black hard rubber, 13.45 cm long, nickel plated trim, moderate fading, good clean imprint, 1914 patent date on clip; #4 Kraker nib with semistub tip, very tight hairline from vent hole, should be stable if used with a light hand. An uncommon pen from Sheaffer's former partner, before Sheaffer litigated Kraker out of business.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium fine flex • $200
12512: Mabie Todd magic pencil: sterling silver extending pencil with ringtop suspension sheath, 9.35 cm long extended, 5.5 cm closed, sheath nicely hand engraved, pencil bears the MTC mark; metal crisp, name engraved on sheath indicia, uses 1.5 mm "VS"lead.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • $165
12520: Mabie Todd Swan Eternal combo: black lever-filler, 14.75 cm long, gold filled trim with inlaid jade celluloid trim bands, New York production, good imprint noting wear to swan logo, no brassing to clip, pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, #4 Eternal nib is smooth and responsive, a notably enjoyable writer. Nearly all Mabie Todd combos are economy-line Swallows -- top-line Swan Eternal combos are rarely seen.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $385
12509: Mabie Todd Jackdaw: rare English-made mottled hard rubber lever-filler with Spanish Toledo work overlay, 12.65 cm long, outstanding condition, metal and rubber both crisp and like new but for a few rust patches to the overlay (see details). Jackdaw nib has considerable flex, gold-inlaid iron overlay has great weight and presence.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1700
12506: Parker Vacumatic Major: black laminate, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code; first Speedline series, uncommon model, excellent transparency, two-tone nib plating excellent as well; noteworthy factory italic tip.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium italic • $375
12516: Parker Vacumatic Debutante: small silver Shadow Wave, 11.8 cm long, chrome plated trim, 2nd quarter date code, fine barrel transparency, some dings to aluminum Speedline filler plunger.
DATE: 1938 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine firm • $165
12517: Parker Vacumatic Debutante: small green Shadow Wave, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim, 3rd quarter date code, fine barrel transparency, some corrosion to aluminum Speedline filler plunger; cap lip hairline has been unobtrusively repaired.
DATE: 1939 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium • $165
12518: Parker 51 pencil: black with 1/8 14K gold filled Heirloom ("windowpane") pattern cap, 13.1 cm long, 14K solid gold nose cone, clip is of the era but gold filled rather than 14K; uses .9 mm lead, clean with general usage marks.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine • $150
12504: Parker 51 Demi: grey Vac-filler, 1/8 14K gold filled cap in fine parallel lines pattern, 12.3 cm long, good barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, some discoloration at the back of the barrel over the filler unit; Vac-filling Demis were produced for a short time and are relatively uncommon, and are shorter and thicker than the later Aerometric filling Demis.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine • $115
12508: Parker 17 Super: black English Aerometric filler, gold filled trim, hooded nib, wide cap band, 13.5 cm long, excellent sac transparency, some shrinkage to hood (see detail).
DATE: c. 1964 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $95
12466: Parker 75 Bicentennial in box: early limited edition in pewter, with wood from Independence Hall inset into the clip screw; number 5126 of 10,000 examples made, handsome mahogany box, pen only very lightly used, some handling marks to soft pewter surface (see details), nib wrench, cartridge, and box key under pad.
DATE: 1976 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $600
12521: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 13.7 cm long, #3 size with extremely flexible teardrop-vent nib. Good legible imprints, ribbed gripping section, mechanically perfect, moderate fading.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine superflex • $365
12514: Waterman 44: black hard rubber safety with characteristically French engine-turned pattern sterling silver overlay, 12.9 cm long, fully marked, French hallmarks, 18K gold #4 nib; number on end knob polished off, scattered light dings.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium broad flex • $500
12519: Waterman Patrician pencil: smooth black hard rubber, 13.85 cm long, gold filled trim, no clip, eraser, or imprints, uses 1.1 mm lead; came to us as part of a group from an old-time Waterman employee.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • $150