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The bold patterning of Waterman's "Ripple" hard rubber has long been a collector favorite. Combined with a metal overlay, it is particularly striking -- though found almost exclusively on pens made for the European market.
11587: Waterman 55 Ripple: large hard rubber lever-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim; fine color, bold patterning, strong imprints, #5 nib offers considerable line width variation.
11588: Waterman 7 Ripple: red and black hard rubber lever-filler with scarce "Blue" nib and band, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, barrel imprints well worn, some brassing to cap band, filled chip to hard rubber underneath (see detail); a French-market pen, keyhole-vent italic nib is 18K and French hallmarked, a calligrapher's delight.
11585: Waterman 44 Ripple: clipless oversize retracting-nib safety, red and black hard rubber, 13.6 cm long; marked as a 44 and carries an 18K export #4 New York nib, but the pen is the size of a 45 -- much larger than a normal 44. Name on barrel, cap imprint is strong, barrel imprint worn, nib is a notably elegant writer.
11584: Waterman 42½V Ripple: clipless vest pocket red and black hard rubber safety, 9 cm long, barrel imprints good, export cap imprint worn; made for French market, 18K French-hallmarked #2 nib is a lively writer.
11583: Waterman 42½V Ripple: clipless vest pocket red and black hard rubber safety, 9.1 cm long, USA-made for the French market, 18K nib, French-hallmarked gold filled overlay; clean condition, noting illegible model number imprint on turning knob, repaired internal spiral.
11582: Waterman 42½V Ripple: clipless vest pocket red and black hard rubber safety, 8.85 cm long, USA-made for the French market, 18K nib, French marked and hallmarked gold filled overlay; clean condition, noting heat-reversed imprints on side of barrel end.
11580: Aurora 88 in box: classic Nizzoli-designed Italian piston-filler, black with gold filled cap, 13.7 cm long, nickel plated barrel trim rings, ink window transparency perfect, piston seal has been replaced, condition otherwise as new; in distinctive blue anodized aluminum case, with instructions, numbered guarantee, and Aurora-marked chamois.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
11595: Fairchild magic pencil: elaborately worked gold filled ringtop, 5.75 cm long closed, 11 cm extended, hand engraved decoration with background stippling, uses standard 2 mm lead.
11577: Parker 6: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 15.1 cm long, gold filled trim, Lucky Curve nib with round vent hole, intact feed, hard rubber is crisp and glossy, chasing is sharp. Condition would be excellent, but the front barrel band has been corroded by ink, leading to the loss of part of the barrel mouth underneath (see detail) -- cosmetically acceptable, but the barrel is not ink-tight as is. Restoration with a replacement barrel band would be straightforward. In box with ink-damaged instructions and price list.
11576: Parker Classic ballpoint set in box: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, button actuated, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL", no date code, brass threads inside cap. Set consists of two identical ballpoints, one with a first-model removable USA-made insert that converts the ballpoint into an injector pencil. Converter uses 1.0 mm lead, but can also use standard .9 mm (though lead will advance in much larger increments). 1969-dated foil tag, some rust to metal box frame.
11591: Parker 75 rollerball: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, dimpled tassies, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL", uses standard refills; new old stock, but no packaging.
11592: Parker 75 Laque: gold plated trim, "Thuya" lacquer finish, made in France, "IL" date code, 18K French-hallmarked nib, used cartridge or converter (included).
11593: Parker 75 Laque rollerball: gold plated trim, "Thuya" lacquer finish, made in France, "II" date code, uses standard refills; new old stock, no packaging.
11578: Parker 75 Laque rollerball in box: gold plated trim, "Thuya" lacquer finish, made in France, "TE" date code, uses standard refills. As new, noting four tiny red specks on the barrel (see detail) -- not chips, either on top of or part of the lacquer.
11579: Parker Classic pencil in box: silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, marked "925 STERLING MADE IN U.S.A.", uses .9 mm lead, new old stock with box.
11594: Parker Classic pencil: silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, marked "925 STERLING MADE IN U.S.A.", uses .9 mm lead, new old stock, no packaging.
11596: Salz (?) Peter Pan: unmarked miniature black hard rubber ringtop eyedropper-filler, 6.7 cm long, gold filled trim, translucent red casein cap crown, warranted 14K gold nib writes a nicely shaded line, must be used with a light hand; pen appears never to have been filled, identical in construction to marked Peter Pans, as well as the Aikin Lambert "Pet" -- likely all from the same source.
11590: Waterman 18 SF: extremely rare black chased hard rubber sleeve-filler, 15.4 cm long; well-used, with sleeve imprint barely visible, chasing worn, two cracks in cap lip stabilized by insertion of a metal ring inside the cap (see details), surface of hard rubber has been chemically reblackened. Waterman sleeve-fillers are uncommon in any size, but are almost never seen in sizes larger than #5. This is only the third #8-size we have seen in the last 20 years.
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.
11589: Waterman 20: giant black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 16.3 cm long, largest Waterman of its kind, huge #10 nib writes an elegant line; handsome overall appearance, good imprints and chasing, clip has been added or replaced post-factory (see detail), hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
11586: Waterman 0552½ Oriental: black hard rubber lever-filler with gold filled overlay, scarce and attractive pattern, 13.6 cm long, imprints on hard rubber strong, only slightest fading, metal likewise crisp with only trace wear to top edge of cap crown. #2 nib has considerable flex, opens wide with light pressure.