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For many collectors, Watermans in sterling silver are the acme of vintage pen design: supremely elegant in appearance and in function alike.
14336: Waterman 402 in box: long slender black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, crisp sterling silver barleycorn pattern overlay, 13.3 cm long, New York production, crisp posting end imprints with 1884 patent dates, one tiny bump to a vulnerable area (typically found with significant wear, scratching, and worse). Early long-tailed Spoon Feed with crisp 1899 patent imprint, #2 New York nib, elegant monogram engraved on barrel cartouche.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $1250
14315: Waterman 222: black hard rubber half-overlay taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.4 cm long, "Chased" pattern sterling silver barrel with Heath maker's mark, slight even fading, monogram elegantly engraved on barrel, imprint on taper cap is worn but legible, early Spoon Feed with long tail, no imprint on posting end, not uncommon on earlier Watermans.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $1250
14308: Waterman 412½VPSF: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11.5 cm long, sterling silver overlay in "Filigree" pattern, early production with two-piece pressure bar with spring, narrow raised barrel threads; hard rubber black and glossy, has not been reblackened, #2 New York nib responsive and smooth. Overlay PSF ringtops are larger and much scarcer than their 452½V series successors.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $365
14339: Waterman 452½: unusual English market black hard rubber lever-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay with enamel-inlaid rotatable perpetual calendar on cap; 13.5 cm long, London hallmarks with date letter for 1923/4, cap crown engraved with monogram "M.R.D." in reverse for use as seal. Lever is an old replacement in nickel silver rather than sterling. As is typical with English Waterman overlays, the end number lacks a digit in the hundreds place, and the barrel overlay is pinned in place. These pins are usually not readily visible; probably due to the work done to replace the lever, they are clearly apparent here.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $985
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 452½ pen.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine • $145
14320: 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; matches 452 or 452½ pen.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $165
14316: Waterman 452 Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver overlay, 13.8 cm long, later example, initials "P.E." on barrel, good imprints, notable nib; metal clean, noting marks to clip and beginning of stress cracks around lower clip rivet (see detail) -- condition otherwise fine to excellent.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $495
14344: Waterman 452½V Filigree: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 9.45 cm long, sterling silver overlay; initials engraved on barrel, wear and light bumps to posting end, #2 New York nib opens nicely with normal writing pressure. Small sealed crack in hard rubber cap liner, only barely visible through overlay opening (see detail), does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $175
14332: Goldfink set in box: black piston filler, 12.2 cm long, gold plated trim, matching injector pencil uses 1.1 mm lead; Goldfink was a prominent Berlin stationery firm, which contracted with multiple German makers for pen and pencil manufacture. This pen was surely made by Faber-Castell, as it uses that company's patented double piston ink reserve mechanism, though both pen and pencil sport Goldfink's trademark hexagonally faceted tops. Condition is near mint but for patches of pitting on the stainless steel nib.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: broad flex • $175
14334: Harris La Petite in box: black hard rubber miniature ringtop eyedropper-filler with white casein cap top, 6.5 cm long, gold filled trim; a Salz-made Peter Pan with the barrel imprint still partially visible though apparently deliberately effaced. Boxed with instructions and dropper (with hardened rubber bulb), J. Harris & Company, New York, box top missing one short end.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $125
14282: Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler 3172: green-grey lever-filler, 12.5 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, #1 nib writes a precise and elegantly shaded line.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine stub flex • $165
14283: Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler 3173: orange-brown lever-filler, striations a bit like an Esterbrook "icicle", 12.5 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, #1 nib will flex but requires a bit of deliberate but not excessive pressure.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $165
14284: Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler 3173: orange-brown lever-filler, striations a bit like an Esterbrook "icicle", 12.4 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, #1 nib is a bold italic writer.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad stub flex • $175
14285: Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler 3173: orange-brown lever-filler, striations a bit like an Esterbrook "icicle", 12.55 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, #1 nib is an elegant calligraphic writer.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium oblique semiflex • $175
14322: Montblanc 342G: early production black celluloid piston-filler, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, 14K gold nib with flat-bottomed feed; piston seal originally cork, replaced with synthetic ring seals. A pseudo-demonstrator, as the original black celluloid lacquer barrel coating has worn away, leaving the barrel transparent. Nib is fine, though the filling knob is imprinted "M".
DATE: c. 1951 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $350
14286: Parker 51 Demi: burgundy Aerometric filler, 13 cm long, 1/10 12K gold filled cap in converging lines pattern; a few shallow marks to the cap.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $120
14330: Parker Sonnet China Laque Ambre rollerball: early production with Chinese characters in red, 1st quarter date code on cap band, original hang tag, but no box.
DATE: 1994 • CONDITION: mint • $175
14348: Pelikan M600 demonstrator: transparent piston-filler, 12.5 cm long, gold plated trim, 14K gold nib is extraordinarily smooth and flexible, vintage flex in a modern nib. Uncatalogued model, with an unusual combination of features, including etched old version Pelikan logo on transparent cap crown with two chicks, double cap band marked "GERMANY". Described as a "hybrid model" at pelikan-collectibles.com. As new, no packaging.
DATE: c. 1988 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium flex • $365
14323: Ruxton Multi-Vider Executive slide rule pencil: black bakelite with gold-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, eraser cover with bayonet-style twist lock. Instructions and further info here. Three available.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • $195
14337: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with sterling silver-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, bayonet-mount crown, twist and pull to reveal eraser and lead compartment. Instructions and further info here.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG • $120
14343: Stephens Leverfil No. 270: black chased celluloid lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, crisp chasing and imprints, plating somewhat thin on lever and clip, Stephens nib has flex, but tipping is slightly porous, giving slight drag on paper.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $125
14342: Summit S.130: black chased celluloid lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, chrome plated trim, over the top clip, chasing and imprints sharp, correct 14K warranted nib has a crack from the vent hole (see details), but as the nib is firm it appears stable and fully functional.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium italic • $145
14341: Wyvern 808: grey slip-cap, 12.75 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, interesting transparent celluloid pump-filling system, a sort of Aerometric/bulb-filler hybrid. Sharp barrel imprint, excellent overall but for darkening at front of nib section from ink exposure.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $150