Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 460

Today's featured newest acquisition was made by one of the "Big Four" vintage fountain pen manufacturers -- Waterman -- and it belongs to Christopher:

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

Christopher writes: "Most vintage pen collectors consider the Waterman full sized Patrician one of the best examples of beautiful Deco pen design but, in turn, overlook what I feel is an equally elegant contender. The Lady Patricia has a distinctive feminine touch which definitely puts it in a league of its own.

Like its big brother, the Lady Patricia comes in many stunning finishes but one thing to consider if you are interested in the Waterman Patrician is that the plastic tends to be rather unstable. It also is very susceptible to discolouration. Still, the one that came my way has a certain delicate beauty which even with discolouration did not deter me from adding it to my collection. I think a lot of it had to do with the 14K Gold filled fittings that seem to accent and offset any shortcomings in regards to this pen. Plus the jet black grip section sports an extremely flexy 14K Waterman number 2A nib. The short stepped Deco clip really adds to the overall beauty of this pen and is attached with a full circle covering over the flat top cap end. Maybe not a pen for everyone, but definitely one I am happy to add to my vintage pen collection."

Regarding the lady in the photograph, Christopher adds: "The woman in the background of this pen image is my aunt Marion (my father’s sister) the photo also dates the pen having been taken of her in the Spring of 1931."

For more information on Waterman's 'Lady Patricia' model and "its big brother" the Waterman 'Patrician', check out the article on Richard Binder's site here.
Our thanks to Christopher for his review of this lovely vintage pen! We'll be featuring another vintage fountain pen from the "Big Four" on Friday :)

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