Early Self-Fillers - Lever-Fillers - Overlay Patterns
11729: Waterman Remex Self-Filler No. 101: rare early sleeve-filler, 14 cm long, all-aluminum construction with a hard rubber section assembly, sleeve rotates rather than slides to expose filler bar; originally made with the pressure bar tied to the sac, this specimen uses a more conventional attachment as found in other Waterman sleeve-fillers. Patent date imprint refers to William Ferris's patent 799,897 of 1905 (Ferris' patent 950,817 of 1910 is the one covering the usual Waterman sleeve-filler design), narrow feed, Remex nib; scattered nicks and shallow dings to the cap and rotating sleeve.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $950
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
10974: Waterman 412 SF: black hard rubber clipless sleeve-filler with sterling silver "Filigree" overlay, 13.3 cm long, #2 New York nib is smooth and lively, number at end of barrel is worn away, sleeve overlay bears initials and date.
DATE: c. 1911 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $1200
7199: Waterman cigar cutter: celluloid body warped and markings badly worn, blade well-used. Unusual, as most examples marked on one side only. A promotional item given by company president Frank D. Waterman to his fellow Rotarians -- background history here.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fair • $80
10506: Waterman 0512½ PSF: early black hard rubber clipless lever-filler with rose gold filled "Gothic" pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long; one of Waterman's first lever-fillers, with narrow raised barrel threads and two-piece sprung pressure bar. Imprints on hard rubber posting end are mostly worn away, commensurate wear to overlay, initials on barrel. Long-tined New York #2 nib is a wet writer and very soft, should be used with a light hand.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $595
15906: Waterman 12 PSF: extremely early clipless black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.55 cm long, nickel plated trim, a rare example of one of the very first Waterman lever-fillers with a number of distinctive features, including the oval recess for the lever end, a sprung pressure bar assembled with a rivet and with a barrel-shaped anchor end, and a lever box stop consisting of a bent-over tab (discussed in this article). Lever-fillers marked "PSF" were made only from 1915 to mid-1917; of these, only a small number had sprung pressure bars and raised barrel threads; and of these, only a tiny fraction belong to the very first series with the features noted above, making them at least as rare as Waterman coin-fillers. Hard rubber is crisp and glossy with bold imprints and chasing, near mint but for repaired cracks in cap lip (see details).
DATE: 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine stub semiflex • $385
15735: Waterman 452½V: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, smooth sterling silver overlay, 9.55 cm long, early production with New York #2 nib, patent imprints on lever, and "PAT.APPLIED FOR" on pressure bar. Initials on cap, scuffs to silver but no deep dings.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium semiflex • $195
15877: Waterman 52½V: black chased hard rubber vest pocket lever-filler, 10.95 cm long, nickel plated trim, unusual configuration with clip. Early production with patent dates on lever, 1910 patent date wide clip with large rivets, New York imprint on nib. Even wear and fading, long-tined nib is a responsive writer with plenty of flexibility but with some waviness from restraightening towards the tip.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $165
14878: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler with smooth solid 14K gold overlay and trim, 13.6 cm long, #2 nib has a semistub tip, responsive flex with great line width variation. Number on barrel end missing, shallow irregularities to overlay, fine overall appearance.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $685
14691: Waterman pencil: smooth black hard rubber, 13.2 cm long, crisp imprint with "PAT. APL'D FOR", uses 1.1 mm lead, no clip or eraser, size matches 52 or 52˝ pen. Very likely a factory second, noting a pinhead-sized pit in the barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • $80
13986: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber ringtop, 9.9 cm long, gold filled trim, "PAT. APL'D FOR" imprint, barrel band engraved with name, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches 52 1/2 V or 42 1/2 V pen. Moderate browning, blotch on barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: VG • $35
8645: Waterman pencil: black chased hard rubber ringtop, 9.9 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp and dark, scratch through "PAT. APL'D FOR" imprint, uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52 1/2 V or 42 1/2 V pen.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • $45
15338: Waterman pencil: red hard rubber ringtop, 10 cm long, gold filled trim, marked "PAT. APL'D FOR", uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52˝V or 42˝V pen.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $80
13162: Waterman 552V LEC: rare and uncatalogued black hard rubber lever-filler with smooth solid 18K gold USA factory overlay, 11.15 cm long. 18K marks on cap, barrel, clip, lever, and nib; no French hallmarks, but tiny Jules Fagard stamp is on heel of nib and back of lever end. Pinprick marks to cap, bumps and polishing wear to milling at end of barrel. Barrel end bears no number, cap is longer than usual for a "V" size pen. The only example of its kind known to date.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $1875
13044: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler, solid 14K gold overlay, 13.5 cm long, good imprints on hard rubber, scattered pinprick dings and digs to the metal, seam line visible on edge of cap crown. An attractive and mechanically sound user.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium semiflex • $525
10178: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber with gold filled "Sheraton" pattern overlay, 13.1 cm long; early production, uses 1.1 mm lead, next to no wear, minimal fading to hard rubber, but name on barrel and scattered pinprick blistering on the overlay (see details).
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $90
8908: Waterman 0552½ Gothic: clipless black hard rubber lever-filler, gold filled checkerboard pattern overlay, 13.6 cm long; initials on barrel, trace plating wear at top edge of crown, but otherwise extremely clean with bold posting end imprint and unfaded glossy black hard rubber; no trace of model number imprint on end, appears never to have been there; notable nib, very fine yet with a good degree of flexibility.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $385
10678: Waterman 552½ LEC: black hard rubber lever-filler with solid 14K green gold overlay in Sheraton (grouped parallel lines) pattern; 13 cm long, light bumps to ends, barrel engraving has been covered with a matching solid gold plate; nib has a very fine tip, opens up to a considerable degree with slight pressure.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $895
15173: Waterman 0552½ LEC Sheraton: gold filled lever-filler, 13 cm long, grouped parallel lines pattern, initials "HLR" on barrel, shallow ding to side of barrel end (see detail), notable nib offers extraordinary control, line width from hairline thin to broad.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $485
15280: Waterman 0554 Pansy Panel: black hard rubber clipless lever-filler with rose gold filled overlay, 13.8 cm long, anomalous configuration with narrow raised barrel threads characteristic of early PSF production. Initials engraved on cap, #4 nib has nice flex though with limited line width range, excellent snapback.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $650
2632: Waterman world atlas: from a series intended for distribution in schools, this covers the United States; consists of one sheet, folded in half, fully opened measures 33 x 48 cm (13 x 19 inches), inside has map of USA with facts and figures about cities and states, copyright date of 1925, outside has strong images of Waterman pens; new old stock, suitable for framing.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • $25
8644: Waterman pencil: black smooth hard rubber ringtop, 9.9 cm long, gold filled trim, imprint with 1924 patent date, uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52 1/2 V or 42 1/2 V pen, slight fading to hard rubber.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG • $45
13310: Waterman 554 LEC: black hard rubber lever-filler, 14K solid gold overlay in "Sheraton" pattern, 13.75 cm long, classic Waterman signature-style #4 nib, metal crisp but for a couple of small and shallow bumps, initials engraved in barrel cartouche over previous filled monogram; a large pen of considerable heft and presence.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium-fine flex • $1250
14933: Waterman pencil: large, woodgrain hard rubber, 14.05 cm long, gold filled trim, would match 55 or 56 fountain pen; interesting imprint "10TH ANNIVERSARY/WALTERS RUBBER CO. INC./1916-1926". Imprint with 1924 patent date, uses 1.1mm lead, clip ball has been somewhat awkwardly reattached, barrel band has wear and marks, tip of hard rubber nose cone has been slightly shortened, does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $80
15840: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber ringtop with gold filled "Filigree" overlay, 9.8 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, propel only, early model without eraser, top piece plain hard rubber without overlay, initials "MEK" engraved on barrel.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • $85
15842: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber with sterling silver "Filigree" overlay, 13 cm long; uses 1.1 mm lead, propel-only mechanism, no eraser under top; initials "FEB" engraved on top, "XMAS 1926" on barrel; matches 452 or 452˝ pen, fine overall appearance but some shallow bumps and fine stress cracks to the overlay.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: G* • $120
15878: Waterman 52½V: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11.4 cm long, bright nickel plated trim, hard rubber black and glossy with crisp imprints and chasing; nib is a smooth and wet writer, opens easily for dramatic line width variation.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium stub flex • $220
14317: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber with sterling silver "Filigree" overlay, 12.9 cm long; uses 1.1 mm lead, propel-only mechanism, no eraser under top; initials "SHB" engraved on cartouche, light scratches to sides of end plug, matches 452 or 452˝ pen.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine • $145
14935: Waterman 52½V: black hard rubber clipless vest pocket lever-filler, 11.1 cm long, seven-sided 9K solid gold London-hallmarked engine turned overlay with enamel-inlaid perpetual calendar. Initials "P.S" engraved on cap top, date letter for 1930/31. A very rare and characteristically English model in notably clean condition.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: broad oblique • $2950