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"Rare" is a term often overused, but fully applicable to these Watermans. An active collector might have to wait years to see these models come to market. The miniature safety and the Stanhope pen are iconic, as well as being extremely scarce.
14362: Waterman 612: black hard rubber slip cap eyedropper-filler with pearl slabs on barrel, fancy gold filled barrel bands; 13.1 cm long, moderate even fading to hard rubber, patent imprint on feed, #2 New York nib is flexible with some tooth. Pearl-slab Watermans are not common, and nearly all are taper-caps.
DATE: c. 1907 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
14340: Waterman 0514 Chased Filigree: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled relief work scroll pattern barrel overlay, #4 New York nib, feed with patent date imprint. Overlay metal crisp, only trace plating wear around cap crown rim, shallow ding in barrel cartouche, pinhead ding to side of cap top (see details). An unusually clean example of a scarce and short-lived pattern.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1200
14361: Waterman 000 "World's Smallest": extremely rare miniature black hard rubber safety, 5.15 cm long, fully functional with retracting 14K gold nib; crisp glossy unfaded surfaces, bold barrel imprint. The usual form of Waterman's "World's Smallest" is a slip-cap eyedropper, which was described in internal company literature as a trade stimulator and novelty for dealers and salesmen. These pens, not intended for public sale, are rare enough, but the safety version is easily ten times rarer and to our knowledge is entirely undocumented in extant company publications. This is the first example we have offered for sale in over 25 years.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $4500
14356: Waterman 13 35th Anniversary: rare black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler with stanhope viewer in cap with image of Waterman's "Pen Corner" in New York City; 13.5 cm long, crisp chasing and imprints including special 35th anniversary mark on barrel, unusual super-broad italic #3 New York nib. An excellent example, hard rubber glossy with original untreated surface, slight pitting to nickel clip, viewer image nice and clear. It has been plausibly surmised that these uncatalogued pens were specially made for company president Frank D.Waterman to use as promotional gifts.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-broad italic • $2500
14331: Waterman combination in box: rare Ripple hard rubber lever-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, no brassing, perfect unfaded color, as new but for typical thin plating at tip of pencil nozzle. Uncatalogued and unadvertised model, acquired from the family of its original owner (his name and New Jersey address has been incised on the bottom of the box).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine stub flex • SOLD
14357: Ancora Cielo demonstrator in box: limited edition of 500, large transparent pale blue piston-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; original packaging includes inner and outer boxes, certificate, and pin. Nib has been adjusted and smoothed.
DATE: 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $500
14351: Ancora Cielo demonstrator in box: limited edition of 200, large transparent red piston-filler, 14.7 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; original packaging including instructions, pin, and outer sleeve. Nib has been adjusted and smoothed.
DATE: 1999 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $595
14350: Ancora Cielo demonstrator in box: limited edition of 33, large transparent piston-filler, 14.7 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; has been filled, light traces of blue ink visible in a few places. Original packaging includes certificate and outer sleeve, inner box exterior has become sticky but interior is fine. Nib has been adjusted and smoothed.
DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $450
14368: Inkograph stylographic pen: large gold pearl and black marbled flat-top lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, intact weighted needle, crisp barrel imprint, excellent color. While hard rubber Inkographs are relatively common, examples in celluloid are very hard to find.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $275
14346: Jessap penner: portable brass writing compendium, 13.5 cm tall, Sheffield manufacture, marked "JES/SAP" on the bottom of the inkwell base; screw-off top to carry quills. This design was made from the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, making individual specimens difficult to date. Typical dings, tapering top has a hole in the side and a seam split at the base (see details).
DATE: c. 1800 • CONDITION: fair-G • $450
14354: Mabie Todd Swan Eternal 44: black veined pearl lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, gold filled trim, made in USA; outstanding color, with surface pearlescence characteristic of a celluloid pen untouched for decades. Like new with silver infill still present in barrel end model number imprint and no brassing, but there are a couple of small tool marks on the section (see details). Sac has been removed to preserve color, replacement can be installed upon request at no additional charge.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $395
14359: Moore 94-A: striated brown pearl lever-filler, 12.7 cm long, wartime gold filled over silver trim, Art Deco stepped cap crown; "Maniflex" nib writes a wonderfully precise shaded line, tiny stress mark from vent hole should be stable unless nib used with excessive pressure.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-fine stub • $145
14370: Namiki Elite: large sterling silver cartridge-filler, 14.25 cm long, fine grid pattern, large inlaid 18K gold nib with November 1997 date code; converter included.
DATE: 1997 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $495
14369: New Banker combination: oversize flat-top lever-filler, 14.8 cm long, caramel swirl celluloid with red cap crown, tinted cap lip; an economy pen with gold plated trim, two-tone plated stainless steel nib, no inner cap, in notably pristine condition with plating almost entirely intact and only one spot of pitting to the nib (see detail). Pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: fine • $120
14360: Parker Duofold Senior set in box: red and silver pearl with black stripes, oversize Vac-filler, 13.45 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, two-tone "V" for "Victory" nib; excellent barrel transparency, strong imprint with 2nd quarter 1942 date code, distinctive early wartime white metal Speedline filler unit. Matching pencil uses .9 mm lead, shows slightly more wear; barrel imprint sharp with inverted 3rd quarter 1941 date code.
DATE: 1941-1942 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $385
14371: Pelikan K800 in box: transparent green "Green Ocean" Collector's Edition oversize ballpoint pen, 14.2 cm long with point extended, twist-action mechanism, gold plated trim, marked "GERMANY", with signed 1994-dated certification of number of limited edition (648 pens for North America, 850 total worldwide), matches number on pen.
DATE: c. 1993 • CONDITION: mint • $375
14372: Pelikan K800 in box: transparent green "Green Ocean" Collector's Edition oversize ballpoint pen, 14.2 cm long with point extended, twist-action mechanism, gold plated trim, marked "GERMANY", with signed 1994-dated certification of number of limited edition (648 pens for North America, 850 total worldwide), number does not match number on pen.
DATE: c. 1993 • CONDITION: mint • $350
14358: Pelikan M730: black piston-filler with rhodium-plated sterling silver cap and filling knob, 12.6 cm long (M400 size), two-tone 18K gold nib is a smooth and responsive writer. A short-lived special edition model, unnumbered, elegant and in like new condition, no packaging.
DATE: c. 1995 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium semiflex • SOLD
14366: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance pencil: oversize in Roseglow, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; "Roseglow" is the scarcest standard production color in the oversize Balance series, and pencils are significantly less common than the pens.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine • $265
14367: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal pencil: black and pearl, gold filled trim, 13.6 cm long, roller clip, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches oversize Gold Seal Signature "Deco Band" fountain pen.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • $120