Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 434

VPCer Christopher was kind enough to provide us with more information on the beautiful vintage Waterman he showed us at our October meeting, so here's the write-up and photo he sent in. Our thanks to Christopher for sharing this marvelous vintage find with us!

Christopher writes: "It seems that there is always room for a nice old Waterman gold Overlay in any vintage pen collection. And, may I add, that you are hard pressed to beat the outstanding quality of such pens. This particular writing instrument came to me the other day in much less condition than it turned out after careful restoration, servicing and a good polish. Still, even tarnished and somewhat offset with old dried up fountain pen ink, it was not something I could pass by."

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

Christopher continues: "This is a Canadian Waterman model and came with deep brand imprinting near the end of the black hard rubber barrel. A lever filler with 14K Gold Filled fittings and the distinctive Waterman Ideal cap clip, fastened traditionally with the two gold filled rivets. Unlike its American mate, though, there was no model identification number on the flat end of the barrel, but the number 2 nib said it all. Although this pen is a Waterman 52, it is the ‘X’ model in that the overall make up is larger than the standard Waterman 52, outsizing the nib but definitely still very attractive. But I think that the real feature that caught my eye was the inscription on the gold overlay which included a formal dating as ‘Xmas 1919’.

Most of this pen was in just wonderful condition, but sadly the nib had, had its day. Fortunately I was able to replace it with a near mint 1918 Waterman Ideal No.2A, 14K gold nib. The ‘A’ making it Canadian made and an "Ideal" candidate for this wonderful Waterman. In closing, I am very excited to apply this pen to paper and it will, of course, join the ranks in my vintage pen collection."

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