12841: Waterman 25: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 15 cm long, gold filled barrel bands, rare early crisscross chasing, two-line pre-globe imprint with 1884 patent dates, narrow feed, early #5 nib is by all appearances original to the pen. The second-largest size for this model (rare in any size over #4). Hard rubber is evenly faded, cap lip crack has been sealed and internally sleeved, nib retains its tipping but with a flat spot -- not a user. One of the earliest Watermans we have ever offered for sale.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine • $650
12292: Waterman 12: smooth black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, very early production with "PATENT PENDING" cap imprint, two-line pre-globe barrel imprint, ribbed section, long-tailed narrow feed, very narrow #2 nib; cap is cracked, as is the nib, imprints all good.
DATE: c. 1896 • CONDITION: fair* • $200
11833: Waterman 16: slip-cap clipless eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, big and early, rounded ends, two-line pre-globe barrel imprint, cap imprint with 1898 patent date, early nib imprint, Spoon Feed with bold 1899 patent date, no 1903 date. Cap imprint shows polishing wear, barrel imprints fine, nib has a couple of stress cracks from the vent hole, barrel has a few pit marks, perhaps from sparks, overall appearance excellent.
DATE: c. 1901 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $425
11773: Waterman 222: rare black hard rubber taper cap eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver Art Nouveau filigree barrel overlay, 14.6 cm long, Spoon Feed with patent date imprint, early #2 New York nib; imprints on the silver are all present and legible, noting light toothmarks at barrel end.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $3500
10490: Waterman 0502: gold filled "Chased" pattern eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, posting end has usual wear from cap but "WATERMAN" and patent date imprints all legible; spoon feed with patent imprints and long internal tail, section rough where scratched from cap, two gouges have been filled; barrel has had a rose gold filled oval plaque attached (a common way of "erasing" an engraved monogram on the original cartouche beneath). Notable early #2 star-imprint nib is smooth and flexible.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: G • NIB: broad stub flex • $695
10571: Waterman 0502: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled overlay in "Golpheresque" pattern, 13.4 cm long; unusually clean condition, metal crisp with initials engraved on barrel, imprint on side of posting end of barrel with a couple of scratches just above, no model number imprint at end; long-tailed spoon feed with patent imprint.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $1250
11971: Waterman 12: mottled hard rubber clipless eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, early example with 1898 patent date on cap, barrel imprint with globe and both 1884 patent dates, patent dates also imprinted on spoon feed; imprints bold and deep, excellent color, #2 nib is a notable writer but has the beginnings of a stress crack from the left side of the vent hole.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium stub flex • $285
12960: Waterman 412: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, .999 fine silver Art Nouveau filigree overlay, 13.2 cm long, feed with patent imprints, imprints on overlay unusually clean and well-preserved; moderate fading to hard rubber, one shallow bump to cap crown, early filigree pattern.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $865
10903: Waterman 402: slender black hard rubber straight cap eyedropper-filler, sterling silver overlay in fine barleycorn pattern, full London hallmarks with date letter for 1904/5; 14.35 cm long, Waterman globe logo on posting end nice and legible, "Eva" engraved in barrel cartouche. Patent date imprint on narrow spoon feed, unusual nib with very wide factory italic tip.
DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad italic • $1100
12680: Waterman 18: historically significant -- earliest known example of this oversize model, with 1898 dated cap imprint and vanishingly rare "PAT. APL'D FOR" imprint on Clip-Cap; 14.3 cm long, smooth black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, deeply rounded ends, barrel imprint without 1903 patent date, big #8 nib with early imprint. Full writeup of this pen here.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $1600
11608: Waterman 0502 in box: straight-cap black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with uncommon smooth gold filled overlay, 13.4 cm long, made for the French market, "DOUBLÉ OR" hallmarks, 18K gold #2 New York nib. No dings, test marks to cap overlay rim (see detail), posting end imprint has caused some plating loss (die too sharp?); nib is long-tined, soft and opens up easily with only slight pressure, has been retipped.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $950
9133: Waterman 322 Commercial: black hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, solid 9K English-hallmarked barrel overlay, 14.6 cm long; pre-Globe cap imprint worn but fully legible, seam split at front of overlay rewelded (see details); long-tail feed with patent imprints, early slender #2 New York nib.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium flex • $1000
11341: Waterman 412: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay; 13.1 cm long, #2 nib with "N.Y." imprint, spoon feed with patent imprints, imprints on silver light but legible; hard rubber under the overlay has been professionally reblackened. Fine silver overlays are much scarcer than later examples in sterling.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $800
10952: Waterman 612: black hard rubber slip cap eyedropper-filler with pearl slabs on barrel, smooth gold filled barrel bands; 13.5 cm long, moderate even fading to hard rubber, #2 New York nib opens up easily with minimal pressure. Cap is not imprinted, may be a slightly later replacement. Pearl-slab Watermans are not common, and nearly all are taper-caps. This is only the second pearl-slabbed Waterman cone cap we have had in over 15 years.
DATE: c. 1907 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $1450
9687: Waterman 12: English-market black hard rubber half-overlay eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, 9K solid gold barrel overlay, London-hallmarked with Waterman factory maker's mark; pattern is a combination of twist and deeply hand-chased floral scrollwork -- uncatalogued, and hitherto unknown. Barrel cartouche is monogrammed, gold has been polished down, so that the date letter cannot be read..
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $3850
11501: Waterman 43: rare desk pen, short-lived model, black hard rubber slip-cap clipless eyedropper-filler with long tapered barrel, 17.3 cm long; uncommon #3 New York nib is flexible but not soft, barrel imprints bold, scrape marks to feed. Moderate even fading, two longitudinal cracks in barrel (one virtually invisible, see detail; perhaps from pen being caught in a desk drawer) have been internally sealed, pen is ink-tight.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $600
9134: Waterman 402: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with enameled sterling silver overlay, 14.1 cm long; English-retailed, with the posting end marked "CALLOW OF MOUNT ST. MAYFAIR". Very clean, with no dings, or any tool marks to the posting end, though there are losses to the original inlaid white enamel stripes which have been restored with what appears to be cold enamel of a darker color -- losses which involve only the frontmost part of the barrel overlay, but the better part of the cap (condition otherwise would be excellent). Factory-made Waterman overlays with enamel work are extraordinarily rare, and appear to have been made only for a handful of ultra-luxe European retailers. This is only the second example we have seen in over 20 years of collecting.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $4895
6130: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with fluted gold filled overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.3 cm long, a rare but fully catalogued factory model most often found in France and England (a version appears on p. 53 of Waterman's 1908 USA catalog under "Special Mountings" as Emerald End Special Fluted, priced at $50 -- more than three times the cost of a full sterling silver Snake); French hallmarks, no dings, but one small test mark on the seal bezel, imprints on posting end worn but mostly legible; toothy #4 New York nib, spoon feed with patent date imprints.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1850
9753: Waterman 512½ Colonial: slender black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.1 cm long, solid 14K gold overlay in scarce fine parallel lines pattern, especially rare with factory cabochon at cap top; elegantly engraved monogram on barrel, minor bump marks to cap, overall nice and clean, smooth and responsive #2 New York nib.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $1500
11921: Waterman 12: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with London-hallmarked sterling silver overlay, bloodstone seal cap top, 13.3 cm long; Canadian #2 nib is a notable writer, some scratches and shallow marks to the silver. Presentation box has a silver badge on top for the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club. Seal-top Watermans are rare, especially in silver.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium stub flex • $1875
11774: Waterman 12S: full-size mottled hard rubber clipless safety, 11.9 cm long, fine color, imprints show some wear but fully present, #2 New York nib is responsive and tightly sprung, not soft. Waterman safeties in mottled are uncommon.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $400
13091: Waterman 0312½ Filigree: rare slender half-overlay eyedropper-filler, black hard rubber, gold filled trefoil pattern on barrel, 11.7 cm long, fully marked, imprint on cap, notable nib is Canadian, though rest of pen is USA production -- consistent with this pen's UK provenance. Cap lip has been replaced, seam visible only from inside.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-broad stub flex • $395
4291: Waterman 0512½VS Baby: smooth gold filled overlay safety with rare double cap; 9.3 cm long, has been recorked, turning knob fully marked, virtually no plating wear, but inner cap rim dinged and wavy (see detail), barrel engraved with name.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $325
11581: Waterman 0512½VS Baby: smooth gold filled overlay safety with rare double cap; 9.5 cm long, turning knob fully and clearly marked, hard rubber imprints on side of barrel also crisp; overlay excellent, noting inevitable rub marks around inner cap. #2 New York nib will write a nicely shaded line, but is springy rather than soft.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $400
11573: Waterman 432: rare short version, black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with sterling silver London-hallmarked barleycorn overlay, 11.1 cm long; no model number stamp on end, as is typical of British-market Watermans. Feed with patent imprints, long internal tail, notable nib with massive tip.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-broad stub flex • $950
12565: Waterman 412: rare sterling silver filigree overlay over red hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, good sound example, name engraved in barrel cartouche, scratches on section, dings to cap crown, but no cracks and nice original condition. #2 New York nib has long tines and is capable of flex, but requires considerable pressure to open up.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine semiflex • $1500
11280: Waterman 13: a legendary rarity with a stanhope viewer in the cap, made to commemorate Waterman's 35th anniversary; black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, nickel silver clip; view through stanhope shows Waterman's Pen Corner in downtown New York City. Good imprints and chasing, moderate even fading. It has been suggested that these pens were made for Frank D. Waterman to present as personal gifts.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $2650
9184: Waterman 442½V in box: black hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.6 cm long, smooth sterling silver overlay with hard to find telescoping outer cap; metal clean, imprints on hard rubber strong, initials "M.W.D." on barrel. Patent imprints on feed, responsive nib.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $500
12894: Waterman 42: black chased hard rubber standard-size safety, 11.9 cm long, 18K gold filled trim, no brassing, bold imprints, hard rubber crisp and glossy, one tiny scuff above barrel imprint, nib imprint slightly later (mid-1920s).
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $295
12440: Waterman 0512 Filigree: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled overlay, 13.6 cm long, initials "A.G.C." engraved on barrel, lively and responsive #2 New York nib, cap dome is more yellowish in tone than the rest of the overlay.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $425
12896: Waterman 42: black chased hard rubber standard-size clipless safety, 11.9 cm long, London-hallmarked 9K solid gold barrel bands with dated presentation inscriptions, good imprints, hard rubber evenly worn and moderately faded, notable New York #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium oblique italic • $295
12972: Waterman 42½: black chased hard rubber slender full-length clipless safety, 12.8 cm long, crisp and glossy, bold imprints, only slightest fading, lively springy #2 New York nib, tiny fleabite to edge of cap lip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $265
8907: Waterman 472: uncommon black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay; 13.1 cm long, London hallmarks, number at barrel end is simply "72" with no hundreds column digit, as is typical for English-market Watermans; 1925-dated presentation inscription, nice stub #2 nib has an incipient hairline from the vent hole, but should be stable if used without excessive writing pressure; even wear, light marks to metal, one tiny stress crack where barrel overlay crimped in place (see detail; for some reason these are extremely common in English-market Waterman overlays).
DATE: 1920 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $565
12973: Waterman 42½: black chased hard rubber slender full-length clipless safety, 12.8 cm long, London-hallmarked 9K solid gold barrel bands, strong imprints, moderate fading, notable long-tined #2 nib, front barrel band cracked but firmly attached.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: broad stub flex • $295
12468: Waterman 76: uncommon oversize woodgrain mottled hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim; imprints deep and bold, hard rubber is like new, crisp and glossy, big #6 nib is a wet writer, has a tiny crack from the vent hole (see details).
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium semiflex • $685
12900: Waterman 20: giant black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 16 cm long, nickel plated trim, largest Waterman of its kind, huge #10 nib writes an elegant line. Crisp imprints and chasing, slight and even fading (has not been reblackened or otherwise treated), pen appears never to have been filled, though it had been dipped; minor handling marks.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $2875
11621: Waterman 41: rare woodgrain red and black hard rubber slender clipless safety, 11.4 cm long, crisp and glossy, almost no signs of use, later Waterman nib may indicate closeout model, assembly from new old stock parts.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: fine firm • $400
11034: Waterman 41: rare woodgrain red and black hard rubber slender clipless safety, 11.45 cm long, crisp and glossy, original cork seal has not been replaced but appears to be ink-tight; appears never to have been filled, later Waterman nib may indicate closeout model, assembly from new old stock parts.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine semiflex • $400