Thursday, June 22, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 504

As promised, here's Christopher's review of the UK Waterman '502' fountain pen he brought to our last meeting!

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

Christopher writes: "British vintage fountain pens are not impossible to come by, especially if you live in a part of the British Commonwealth. Still, I was smitten when I saw the finish of this Waterman 502 when it came into my possession. A mixture of pearl and greys make for one beautiful plastic finish on any pen, but when you make it a Waterman from just after World War II, and add to the mix an incredibly flexy Waterman Ideal No.2A 14K Gold nib, it all adds up to a tremendous ‘Wow’ factor.

And it doesn’t stop there, because all of the fittings are 14K Gold Filled and the pre-war Waterman clip just an outstanding design. This is a boxed lever filler with a very thin cap band lending to its overall conservative but smart design. The barrel end is semi round-ended, but the top of the cap is crowned with 14K Gold Filled clip rounded inset rivet. And the barrel proudly sports the imprinting WATERMAN’S, Made in England. Otherwise the nib is supported on a black feed inserted into a black grip section. This pen posts at a full 6 inches, but caps back to a pocketable 5. All in all, a great pen and a welcome addition to my vintage pen collection."

Many thanks to Christopher for his review of this fine vintage fountain pen. We'll be posting another entertaining installment of Lawrence's pen & ink match-ups on Saturday, so stay tuned for that...

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