The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Some uncommon Watermans with precious metal overlays. All-time classics, for writers and collectors alike.
13094: Waterman token/gaming counter: off-white, 4 cm in diameter, composition material, some usage chips. The black version has long been known, as it was mentioned in a 1908 advertisement as a promotional item, a good luck token. Other colors were virtually unknown until the discovery of a few small caches several years ago. It has been suggested that these were made for Waterman president Frank D. Waterman's personal use. We have a few, but this listing is for one token only.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG • $65
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
13093: Waterman 0512 VP Filigree: short and thick black hard rubber screw-cap ringtop eyedropper-filler with gold filled overlay, 11 cm long; uncommon model, early narrow barrel threads, hard rubber moderately and evenly faded, feed with patent imprints and slight gouge to side, #2 New York nib is very flexible, opens wide with only light pressure.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13089: Waterman 0552 Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler with gold filled overlay, 13.8 cm long, moderate fading to hard rubber, metal nice with slight brassing to edges, early production with wide clip with 1905 patent date, large rivets, slightly later #2 Account nib is firm and extremely fine.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: needlepoint • SOLD
13090: Waterman 452½V Hand Engraved Vine: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler with full sterling silver overlay, 9.2 cm long, one of Waterman's most expensive deluxe patterns. Notably flexible and responsive #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
13057: Waterman 0555 Filigree: oversize black hard rubber lever-filler with 18K gold filled overlay, 14.3 cm long, handsome and uncommon pen, name engraved on barrel, digs to edge of barrel end (see details). #5 New York nib is a bit earlier, perhaps because of its unusual tip shape, which writes a slightly narrower downstroke than cross-stroke. Waterman overlays are seldom seen in sizes larger than #2 or #4.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • SOLD
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13080: Aikin Lambert retracting dip pen: gold filled body, fully marked, transparent celluloid faux agate taper with metal and pearl inlay work on both sides; 12 cm long retracted, 13.4 cm extended excluding ventless 14K gold Aikin Lambert #2 nib. Writes like a steel dip pen, sharp and toothy with pressure.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
13011: Fairchild (?) dip pen: sterling silver, 16.3 cm long excluding plated nib, relief scrollwork pattern, marked "STERLING.F".
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $125
13008: Hicks dip pen in box: gold filled ferrule, taper with baluster finial, 12.6 cm long excluding Hicks ventless gold #3 nib.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
13078: Parker 51: black double-jewel, 14K solid gold cap and trim, unusual export model, marked "585" on the cap rim, rather than the "14K" used for the US market; crisp imprint with 1st quarter date code, two-tone clutch ring, notable factory broad stub nib.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: broad stub • $985
12984: Parker 51 Demi Princess: extremely rare gold filled Aerometric filler, 12.5 cm long, with faceted "jewels" set into the ends and around the upper cap; shallow bumps to side of cap, otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $2250
13086: Parker 61 Insignia: 1/10 12K gold filled cap and barrel, 13.6 cm long, cartridge-filler, made in England, includes slender metal squeeze converter; notable factory true italic nib, very sharp and best used with some deliberation, excellent calligraphic effect. Pearlescent end jewels, one very shallow bump to the barrel, scattered plating losses to the narrow clutch ring.
DATE: c. 1964 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad italic • $265
13095: Parker 45 demonstrator: transparent barrel and shell, brushed stainless cap, gold plated trim, made in USA, "M" marked stainless steel nib unit. Barrel imprinted "GREEN'S JEWELRY", includes early fat metal squeeze converter. Moderate darkening to shell, usual slight narrowing in center from cap clutch pressure. An uncommon demonstrator, seen much less often than 51 or Snorkel demonstrators.
DATE: c. 1965 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $175
13060: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, older model with solid ends, short-feathered arrow clip; made in USA, section with nib angle indicator marks, French-made 14K "F" nib writes more like a dry medium; cap marked "STERLING/SILVER", large metal squeeze-filler convertor included.
DATE: c. 1972 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $275
13058: Parker 180 Torsade: distinctive and hard to find cable twist pattern in gold plate, French-hallmarked 18K gold nib, feed marked "F", date code "UC"; uses cartridges or converter. Condition as new.
DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine/extra-fine • $495
13085: Parker 75 Laque ballpoint: "Malachite green" lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, "LE" date code, original hang tag. Perhaps the most beautiful of Parker's entire Laque series.
DATE: 1983 • CONDITION: near mint • $225
13083: Parker 75 Laque ballpoint: burgundy lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, "TE" date code, original hang tag.
DATE: 1985 • CONDITION: exc • $120
13082: Parker 75 Laque ballpoint: "Jasper red quartz" lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, no date code, a few pinprick losses, appearance excellent, original hang tag.
DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: fine* • $120
13084: Parker 75 Laque ballpoint: "Jasper red quartz" lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, no date code, a few nicks to the lacquer, appearance otherwise excellent, original hang tag.
DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: fine* • $105
13061: Pilot R-T-type: silver pearl marble lever-filler with blue streaks, black ends, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, 14K #3 nib is a smooth and responsive writer; crisp imprint with "N" rather than "P" in lifebuoy logo.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $285
13014: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 15.1 cm long excluding steel nib, American manufacture, excellent quality, unusual coil-pattern body.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $165
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