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We tend to focus on Waterman pens of the hard rubber era, but that doesn't mean we don't love Watermans of the celluloid era as well!
13236: Waterman Patrician: oversize "Onyx" lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, red hard rubber ends, gold filled trim, strong imprints, excellent trim plating, large name engraved on barrel.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850
13235: Waterman Patrician: oversize "Nacre" (black and pearl) lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, chrome plated trim, outstanding color, some age roughness to the plating on the barrel end medallion, trim plating otherwise like new; name on barrel, big nib is firm, smooth, and writes a finely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine stub • $1250
13286: Waterman 452 Sheraton: full-size black hard rubber lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, sterling silver overlay with crisp grouped parallel lines pattern, very unusual matching line-decorated clip; #2 nib is classic Waterman, smooth and lively, with natural shading within a restrained degree of line width variation. Scattered light marks to the cap, mostly to the side of the clip (see details), imprints and color of hard rubber are excellent.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13287: Waterman 51V Ripple: rare red and black hard rubber lever-filler, an export model distinguished by its singular #1-size nib, 10.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, good imprints, fine color, slight even fading.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $275
13288: Waterman 32½: unusual slender lever-filler, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, striking burgundy-copper pearl with bright red inclusions, both the material and the model normally seen only in Canadian production. This pen, however, is USA-made, apparently for export, and fully marked; lever is of later design, but may well be original, some heat distortion to the cap around the threads, nib is badly cracked from the vent hole and is not usable as is. Sac has been removed, section assembly cleaned.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine* • $165
13290: Waterman desk pen: slender lever-filler, 20 cm long, barrel 9.5 mm thick, gold filled trim, strong imprint, USA-made, unusual celluloid resembling "Turquoise" but with the blue white-veined; "Account" nib is sharp and precise.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine firm • $165
13293: Waterman desk pens: a pair of lever-fillers, 20 cm long, barrels 10.5 mm thick, gold filled trim, strong imprints, USA-made, unusual pearlescent green celluloid, not seen on standard production pocket pens (though sometimes used for rebranded models made for Montgomery Wards). "Tip-Fill" feeds, #2 nibs are responsive and write an elegantly shaded line, are not wide-openers. Matching Waterman desk pens in uncommon colors are hard to find.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex, extra-fine flex • $385
13219: Waterman 92: uncommon Canadian version, black lever-filler, 12.8 cm long with matching cap and barrel bands, notable broad italic USA-made nib, "Tip-Fill" feed.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad italic flex • $285
13297: Parker Duofold Senior: rare bandless black chased hard rubber oversize button-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, "giant" imprint, "6½" on bottom of blind cap, dating pen to first several months of production of this model. Good sound example with even wear, strong barrel imprint, chasing all present, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine firm • $795
13136: Parker Vacumatic Slender Maxima: scarce and desirable model, golden pearl laminate, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, striped jewels and section, wide cap band, correct early aluminum Speedline filler, large two-tone Arrow nib; strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code. True Slender Maximas are far less common than standard Maximas.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $600
13298: Parker 51 Demi: early production dark blue Aerometric filler with frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, Lucite connector with screw-on chromed sac housing with "PRESS . . . 6 TIMES" imprint; good imprint with 1rd quarter date code, new sac with perfect transparency, slight heat discoloration at very tip of hood (see detail).
DATE: 1950 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $165
13218: Parker 51: grey Aerometric filler, uncommon rolled silver cap exclusive to English production, gold filled clip, new sac with excellent transparency, no imprints on barrel, scuffs but no dings to the cap.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $275
13301: Parker 51 ballpoint: black with frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim; halo imprint, but no "51", as new, no packaging.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: mint • $160
13300: Parker 51 ballpoint: burgundy, 1/10 12K gold filled cap, crisp converging lines pattern, "halo" imprint with "51", like new.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: near mint • $175
13303: Waterman 412S Filigree: early black hard rubber safety with sterling silver overlay, 12.8 cm long, threaded turning knob, early mechanism with helically-grooved barrel interior, nib turns as it is extended and retracted, #2 New York nib has a few marks from past restraightening, easy soft flex. Hard rubber shows even fading to dark brown, good imprints, silver nicely patinated, internal mechanism repaired, seals replaced.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad stub flex • $800
13294: Waterman 12½VS Baby: vest pocket size black chased hard rubber clipless safety, 8.8 cm long, smooth wide gold filled barrel band, crisp imprints and chasing, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
13295: Waterman 12½VS Baby: vest pocket size black chased hard rubber clipless safety, 8.9 cm long, strong imprints and chasing, moderate even fading, one tiny fleabite to cap lip.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $145
13302: Waterman 12 PSF: extremely early clipless smooth black hard rubber lever-filler, 13.65 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 mid-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. Crisp imprints, good original color, imprinted feed, usual slight distortion around the lever opening.
DATE: 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $450
13296: Waterman 15 PSF: large smooth black hard rubber lever-filler, 14.2 cm long, nickel plated trim, well used but sound, moderate fading to hard rubber, very early clip with "GERMAN SILVER" imprint (discontinued shortly after the outbreak of WW1) and flatter top, oversize rivet heads suggest post-factory installation. Feed with patent imprint shows some scuff marks on bottom, responsive #5 nib probably a few years later.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: fine flex • $275
13299: Waterman combination: rare model, not catalogued or advertised, based upon the 32, black celluloid lever-filler, 14.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, barrel threaded at both ends, fully imprinted, pencil mechanism uses 1.1 mm lead, nib is a classic Waterman semistub, smooth and responsive. Overall appearance excellent, but clip slightly loose.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium semiflex • $950
13215: Waterman 91V pencil: "Steel Quartz" celluloid and black hard rubber, 10.8 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, propel and retract mechanism, matches 92V pen; bold imprints, original price sticker, like new condition but for two shallow holes drilled in its side (see details).
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG* • $30
13220: Waterman 91V pencil: red pearl with green streaks, 10.6 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, propel and retract mechanism, matches 92V pen; export-style imprints, less common color.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • $50
13289: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, American manufacture of excellent quality, 16.4 cm long excluding plated nib, interesting twisted line, dot, and acanthus scroll design; very likely made by Mabie Todd, but only marked "STERLING". Pinch marks at very end of taper (see detail).
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine* • SOLD