Friday, July 8, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 398

Today we're featuring a vintage beauty, courtesy of Christopher - a hand engraved Waterman 452 ½ V fountain pen!

Christopher writes: "Pens as they are now, are far away from what they were back in the 1920s. In fact, for a fashionable lady in those days, a pen could even be considered part of her jewellery. Pen companies such as Waterman catered to that way of thinking by producing stunning lady’s short ribbon ring top fountain pens in precious metals like gold and, in this case, sterling silver. And to the finish, adding fine hand engraving which all added up to a beautiful pen."

"The nice thing about these hand engraved fountain pens was that no two of them were exactly alike. So if you are lucky enough to pick one up, you definitely have something very unique. Like Birks in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, Canada the O. B. Allan Jewelers sold high-end fountain pens from 1904 when they opened their doors 'til they became part of Canadian retail history."

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

He continues: "I picked up this particular pen at a shop on Vancouver Island and was pleased to add it to my collection once restored. The sterling silver finish took to polishing like nobody’s business and other than a replacement sac and a good internal cleaning, the pen came back to life as a very good writer. The 14K gold nib lays down ink in a fine line and, this pen being a overlay from the early 1920s, the barrel underneath and grip section are finished in high-quality black plastic."

"On the end of the sterling barrel overlay is engraved 452 ½ V, while at the open end of the cap is the Waterman Company branding. And just to make sure there is no doubt that the finish on this pen is silver, Waterman has engraved the word ‘Sterling’. What a perfect pen, and could any vintage pen collector not be happy to add this dandy little lady’s lovely to their collection."

Our thanks to Christopher for sharing this wonderful vintage pen with us!

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