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We love Watermans, and this group nicely represents some of the high points of the company's production: an instant collection in itself.
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
11760: Waterman 412 Filigree: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, sterling silver overlay, notable #2 New York italic nib, sharp and smooth with much flexibility, patent imprints on feed; in Christmas gift box with original dropper.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: broad italic flex • SOLD
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: extra-fine flex • $500
11775: Waterman 12½ S: smooth black hard rubber slender full-length safety, 13 cm long, strong imprints, cap imprint with "UNITED STATES/OF AMERICA" typical of pens for export; notable #2 New York nib, thick gold but needlepoint tip, smooth and precise.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: needlepoint • $275
11764: Waterman 7 Ripple: red and black hard rubber lever-filler with "Red" nib and band, 14.3 cm long, gold filled trim, barrel imprints worn but legible, clean original casein color band, very slight blistering to edge of clip (see detail), big keyhole nib has a semistub tip, provides an easy shaded line.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $500
11665: Waterman lever-filler: English-made, with top quality solid 9K gold overlay by S. J. Rose, 11.35 cm long, full London hallmarks, Waterman name on cap lip hand-engraved; metal crisp and clean, noting elegantly engraved initials on barrel, shallow dings to cap top.
DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium semiflex • SOLD
11772: Crown dip pen: unmarked gold filled holder, fancy carved twist pattern pearl taper, 14.2 cm long excluding nib, Crown #2 ventless gold nib has a small chip to its tipping on one side, still writes well when used without pressure, only slightly scratchy when pressed to open.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine semiflex • $105
11802: Hicks dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 17.2 cm long excluding brass nib; monogram on barrel, even wear to barleycorn engine turning, no dings, top quality manufacture.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $150
11801: Hoagland dip pen: large unmarked gold filled holder, fancy branchiform pearl taper, 15 cm long excluding #5 John Hoagland New York ventless gold nib. Nib has a small nick on the top surface but is an excellent writer, smooth, wet and very flexible. Hoagland appears to have moved back to New York City shortly after his Providence partnership with Frank T. Pearce was dissolved in 1888.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine superflex • $250
11783: Montblanc 149: early model with narrow sterling bands flanking wider gold filled cap band, 14.25 cm long, black celluloid, turned not injection-molded; ivory-colored cap star, two-stage brass piston mechanism, "MASTERPIECE" on center cap band, "149" and "M" on filler knob, "MADE IN GERMANY" on barrel. Ink window striations worn, scrapes and scuffs on ends (see details), smooth and responsive two-tone 14K gold nib.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium broad semiflex • $1850
11779: Parker Vacumatic Major: silver pearl laminate, 12.65 cm long, chrome plated trim, Blue Diamond clip, good barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, excellent barrel transparency.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $165
11800: Rueff safety: full size black hard rubber pen, probably of German manufacture, with Italian 18K gold filled overlay of fine fluted pattern, 12.1 cm long, tiny "18KR" marks on cap and barrel, 14K nib is marked "RUEFF" (may be a retailer or nibmaker, as we cannot find any record of a penmaker by that name). An outstanding writer, with a very soft and smooth nib with a semistub tip.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine superflex • $600
11793: Sheaffer Self-Filling: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 10.3 cm long, gold filled trim, sharp chasing and imprints, #2 Self-Filling nib; hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $95
11798: Sheaffer Self-Filling: black chased hard rubber vest pocket lever-filler, 11.1 cm long, gold filled trim with wide cap band, early "SHEAFFER-CLIP" clip imprint; sharp chasing and barrel imprint, #2 Self-Filling nib is smooth with much flex; excellent appearance, hard rubber is glossy, has been professionally reblackened, tight hairline cracks in cap lip do not affect function (see detail).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $250
11788: Sheaffer Self-Filling 2A: early black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.9 cm long, nickel plated trim, sharp chasing and strong first block imprint, narrow feed, long narrow #2 Self Filling nib is smooth with much flex, though springy rather than soft.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $350
11794: Sheaffer Self-Filling: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 10.3 cm long, gold filled trim, sharp chasing and imprints, #2 Self-Filling nib is a responsive writer; hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $150
11792: Sheaffer Self-Filling: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, crisp chasing and imprints, #2 Self-Filling nib is an elegant writer; excellent appearance, glossy hard rubber has been professionally reblackened, tight hairline crack in cap lip (see detail), post cap lightly.
DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $250
11796: Sheaffer Lifetime: large black chased hard rubber flat-top lever-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, pre-White Dot, massive Lifetime nib, imprint worn but fully legible, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened, has a slightly dull appearance.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium firm • $265
11786: Sheaffer Lifetime: short model black chased hard rubber flat-top lever-filler, 11.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot inset into cap crown, uncommon Lady Lifetime nib, imprint worn but mostly legible, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened, has a slightly dull appearance.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine firm • $200
11787: Waterman lever-filler: English-made, black with chrome plated clip, nickel plated cap band and lever, 12.65 cm long; notable USA-made italic nib is smooth and flexible.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic flex • $250
11790: Waterman 42 Ripple: red and black hard rubber retracting-nib safety, 12 cm long, late barrel imprint is bold and crisp, hard rubber color is excellent; #2 nib is very smooth, will give nice line width variation with pressure.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $375