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The Waterman 52 is the classic lever-filler of the hard rubber era, and the first mentioned when those new to vintage pens ask for recommended models for nib flexibility. These five (plus two celluloid successors) all have notable nibs, of the sort no longer to be found on modern fountain pens.
11785: Waterman 52: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, earlier production with wide clip and thick rivets, #2 nib goes from extra-fine to broad with normal writing pressure, hard rubber moderately and evenly faded.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
11885: Waterman 52: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim with two London-hallmarked 9K solid gold barrel bands; USA manufacture for export, #2 nib provides considerable line width variation, though requiring some pressure to open up; moderate even fading to hard rubber, one barrel band engraved with initials and "July 1930", the other has a hairline seam opening (see details).
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $225
11799: Waterman 52: clipless black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, nickel plated trim, #2 nib has a slightly oblong semi-stub tip for natural pressureless shading, opens up smoothly with only light pressure; good chasing and imprints, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
11797: Waterman 52: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, nickel plated trim, #2 nib opens up readily with normal writing pressure; excellent chasing and imprints, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
11882: Waterman 52: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim with two London-hallmarked 9K solid gold barrel bands; USA manufacture for export, "MADE IN U.S.A." cap imprint, Canadian #2 nib provides considerable line width variation, though requiring some pressure to open up; stress lines around lower clip rivet, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $250
11830: Waterman 92: black lever-filler, 12.75 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada, trim wear and one nick to the side of the barrel, handsome overall appearance and a notable nib, smoothly calligraphic.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium oblique italic semiflex • SOLD
11866: Waterman 32: black lever-filler,12.8 cm long, chrome plated trim, USA manufacture, clean plating, good imprints, cap band slightly loose, notable sharp-cut factory italic #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine italic flex • $275
11904: Conklin 2: black hard rubber crescent-filler with sinous Art Nouveau gold filled filigree overlay, 11.1 cm long, "2" imprint on posting end, crescent marked on one side only, overall appearance is fine to excellent, noting small bumps and nicks visible on close inspection. #2 Conklin nib is a remarkable writer, wide width range combined with easy flex and excellent paper feel.
DATE: c. 19118 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine superflex • $600
11900: Conklin 50: oversized black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, wide cap band, good imprints, big #5 nib is a smooth and responsive writer; barrel has been professionally reblackened, nib has superficial stress cracking (does not go through; see details), overall appearance excellent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $400
11890: Eagle glass cartridge pen: black lacquered brass, 12 cm long, one of the earliest cartridge pens made; barrel is imprinted with maker name and "PATENTED"; brass nib's tip is worn down, glass cartridge is missing a chip from its mouth, and rubber section seal is hardened. Not functional as is, but a good example of an historical pen design.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine flex • $45
11879: Eversharp Skyline: rare early production slender burgundy lever-filler with striped cap, gold filled trim, section with transparent ink window, standard short-model length at 12.2 cm long, but markedly slimmer (10 mm OD over barrel threads) -- parts do not interchange with any standard production pen; well worn but mechanically sound, gouges to barrel, lever sits slightly loosely at rest. Many advanced Skyline collectors have never seen this particular model, which was neither advertised nor catalogued.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine rigid • $425
11886: Parker 51 in box: wartime double-jewel in "Yellowstone" (also known as "Mustard"), sterling silver cap with geometric band, gold filled over silver Blue Diamond clip, a few light tool marks to the hood, good clear barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, nice clean pen, used but not abused.
DATE: 1944 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $595
11903: Pick Fountpencil stylographic pen: black lever-filler with bright red ends, 12.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, weighted needle intact and a smooth writer.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $150
11905: Sheaffer Balance: early plunger-filler in uncommon grey pearl and black marbled, 12.6 cm long, chrome plated trim, early flat feed, screw-out packing unit compartment; two-tone Feathertouch nib is smooth, precise, and responsive; strong imprints, not much barrel transparency left.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine • $120
11901: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman: black pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical palladium-silver Triumph nib.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $120
11897: Waterman 412 POC: black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with sterling silver "Gothic" pattern overlay, 13 cm long, uncommon model in clean condition. Engine turning still bold, shallow bumps to cap crown; #2 nib probably slightly later, smooth and lively.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $585
11902: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler with classic "Filigree" overlay in solid 14K gold; 13.6 cm long, one shallow bump on cap crown (hard to photograph), earlier production with no bead to cap crown rim, globe-marked plate under lever end; barrel end polished down, no model number visible, hard rubber of cap has been reblackened; earlier broad clip with large rivets, nib probably slightly later, a fine writer with generous ink flow, smooth and springy.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium flex • $875
11894: Waterman Lady Patricia pencil: red-veined "Onyx" celluloid and red hard rubber, 10.7 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, strong imprints, some plating wear.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • $45
11896: Waterman 95 pencil: white-veined red-brown "Mahogany" celluloid and black hard rubber, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches 94 pen; fully functional, imprints fully present, but clip heavily overpolished and slightly loose from side to side, barrel band plating also rough.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: G* • $40
11649: Waterman 94: silver pearl lever-filler with red highlights, 12.6 cm long, chrome plated trim, strong imprints, Art Deco stepped cap top, "Red" keyhole #4 nib, "Tip-Dip" feed; sealed crack in cap lip does not go beyond cap band, does not affect function and is barely visible.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $200
11906: unmarked novelty dip pen and pencil: wooden souvenir in the form of an umbrella, 28.2 cm long, shaft pulls out to reveal dip pen, tip of umbrella covers clutch pencil nozzle, uses 2 mm lead; fabric cover to body, shaft hand-carved "WASHINGTON D. C.", painted papier-mache cherries attached.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $150
11907: unmarked mummy pencil: gold plated ringtop, 4.2 cm long retracted, 7.9 cm extended, inlaid colored enamel, mechanism works smoothly; uses standard 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG • $250