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We have been spending more time on summer family activities than pens lately, but there's always time for a few good early Watermans!
11914: Waterman 22: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 15 cm long, gold filled barrel bands, early narrow feed, 2-line pre-globe barrel imprint with 1884 patent dates, no model number imprint on end of barrel; well worn, even fading, mechanically sound, notable nib.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: G • NIB: medium italic flex • SOLD
11938: Waterman 414: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay; 13.2 cm long, spoon feed with bold patent imprint, #4 nib is a notable writer, imprints on the silver are light but legible, hard rubber has moderate even fading, initials engraved on indicia -- #4-size fine silver overlays are much less common than #2-size.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • SOLD
11910: Waterman 0512 Filigree: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled overlay, 13.5 cm long, nice clean example, hard rubber professionally reblackened under overlay, feed with patent imprint, responsive #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
11915: Waterman 22: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.75 cm long, gold filled barrel bands, Spoon Feed, globe imprint on barrel with 1903 patent date; slight fading, good chasing and imprints, a few light scratches, long-tined #2 nib gives nice line width variation.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
11908: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler, smooth 14K yellow gold overlay, 13.6 cm long, hard rubber crisp and glossy with deep imprints, #2 nib is a smooth writer; some roughness to the butt end of the barrel, overlay is unengraved and very clean, with only a handful of tiny marks.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $1100
11926: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: gold filled filigree slip-cap, 14.6 cm long, hard rubber glossy and unfaded with strong imprints, only slight posting scratches, metal crisp and unbrassed, monogram skilfully engraved in indicia; #2 nib with distinctive three-lobed vent hole.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $850
11913: Conklin Jaxon: clipless black chased hard rubber stud-filler, 13.5 cm long, patented variant of Conklin's crescent-filler with a metal lock ring securing the filling stud against accidental actuation. Nearly all of these pens were sold under the Jaxon name, used by Conklin as a sub-brand. Even wear, all markings clear, #3 size with Jaxon-marked nib -- unusual, as most Jaxons came with warranted nibs.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium semiflex • $200
11892: Conway Stewart Dinkie 550: black-veined red pearl marbled miniature lever-filler, 10.25 cm long, gold plated trim, casein plastic cap and barrel (do not soak!), condition as new.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium stub • $165
11922: Cross (?) torpedo pencil: chrome plated brass, 10.9 cm long, brass propellors at end turn, excellent quality and workmanship, uses 1.1 mm lead, no maker's marks. An earlier Cross torpedo pencil of slightly different form is shown on p. 103 of Lambert's Writing History; it may be significant that Cross made torpedo propellors during WW2. Some dulling and porosity to the chrome plating (see details).
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine • $80
11911: Eagle Redend: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, red casein ends, 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, strong imprints, hard rubber black and glossy, nib opens easily but is small, so don't overflex it.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $145
11917: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled, with swivel and ring suspension sheath; 11.4 cm long extended, 6.4 cm retracted, uses 1.7 mm lead, propels and retracts; pencil has a couple of shallow bumps, hard to photograph.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $165
11849: Mabie Todd Blackbird: full-length grey pearl and black marbled lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, "BB2/45" on end, smooth and responsive Blackbird nib requires a bit of pressure to open up; crisp imprints but wear to plating and several brown scorch marks (see details), otherwise fine in appearance.
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $105
11847: Mabie Todd Swan: blue pearl and black marbled lever-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, smooth #2 nib, barrel bent (most apparent if cap posted).
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine • $80
11848: Mabie Todd Swan: grey pearl and black marbled lever-filler, 12.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, made in England, flexible #1 nib opens with normal writing pressure, without pressure writes a nicely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
11961: Sheaffer demonstrator pencil: factory cutaway, 13 cm long, nickel-plated all-metal construction, uses 1.1 mm lead, mechanism propels and retracts; marked with 1918 patent date and "PAT.PEND'G" on crown, eraser pulls out from end.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $125
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
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
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