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VINTAGE WATERMAN ART NOUVEAU TREFOIL VINE STERLING OVERLAY FOUNTAIN PEN
Early Eyedropper; 14ct solid gold nib; circa 1900s
was £699.99
now £599.99
 
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VINTAGE WATERMAN'S IDEAL FOUNTAIN PEN SET

~ STERLING SILVER ART NOUVEAU TREFOIL VINE Filigree Basket Overlay Pattern ~

~ Early Eyedropper ~ 14ct #2 Gold Nib ~ c1900s ~

~ Serviced, Nice Overall Condition ~ 

 
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SUMMARY
 

   Up here is a vintage Waterman's Ideal Sterling Silver Overlay, Model number 452-1/2V fountain pen and pencil set, which was manufactured in USA circa 1910s. The set comes with original green leather Waterman's leather gift box. This Waterman's set is a fine example, in stunning sterling silver filigree basket overlay pattern. There is no scratches, cracks, dings and dents, and it is not personalized. On the barrel there is an empty space for the owner's name engraving, but the pen is highly collectible as it is not personalized. The pattern is crisp and very attractive. On both the barrel and cap, 'WATERMAN'S STERLING' was embossed. The pen bears a Waterman 14ct gold nib. A new sac has been fitted. The lever filling system is in perfect working order. The pen has been serviced and tested for its full functionality. This Waterman's is a classic elegance and has been produced to the highest standards of carftsmanship. This would make an excellent gift to treat yourself or for someone special.

 
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Model: Waterman Ideal 452-1/2V - USA
Colour: Sterling silver
Overall Length: 3-1/2 inches
Date Manufactured: Circa 1910s
Filler Type: Lever
Restoration: The pen has been conservatively serviced, polished and tested for full functionality
 
STORY
 
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     The Waterman Pen Company was established in 1883 in New York City by Lewis Waterman. Waterman's improvement on basic pen design and aggressive marketing played a vital role in making the fountain pen a mass-market object. The essential novelty of Waterman's first fountain pens was the feed, for which his first pen-related patent was granted in 1884. By 1899, Lewis Waterman opened a factory in Montreal was was offering a variety of designs. 

     Waterman's opened subsidiaries in Europe to meet international demand. A Waterman Fountain pen won the Medal of Excellence at the 1900 Paris World Exposition. In 1901, upon Waterman's death, his nephew took the business overseas and increased sales to 350,000 pens per year. 

     Waterman's fountain pen was extremely desirable. The Treaty of Versailles was signed using a solid gold Waterman pen, by Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

 
DESCRIPTION
 
fountain pen cap THE CAP
Material: Sterling silver
Top Ring: Silver; Polished
Top Jewel: Silver top ring
Trim Pattern: Reads 'WATERMAN'S STERLING'
Pocket Clip: Clipless version
Cap Screw: Smooth
Work Done: The whole cap has been gently hand polished to restore its shiny condition
fountain pen gold nib THE NIB
Material: 14ct solid gold
Grade: Medium
Imprint: Reads 'WATERMAN'S IDEAL REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.'
Condition of Feed : Excellent & clean
Work Done: The nib and feed has been cleaned to remove dried ink and residuals. The nib has been polished to restore its shiny condition.
 
THE BARREL
Imprint: Reads 'STERLING MADE IN U.S.A.'
End Jewel: Reads '452-1/2V'
Screw with Filler: Push type
Screw with Cap: Smooth
Lever: The lever is polished to restore its shiny condition. The lever is very smooth and easy to raise.
Work Done: The barrel has been gently hand polished to restore shiny colour with the imprint masked
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THE FILLER
Type: Lever
Imprint: N/A
Ink Storage: Medium storage; Easy to handle lever filling mechanism
Work Done: Talcum powder has been applied on the ink sac to prevent it sticking with the inner wall of the barrel. The ink sac and the filler mechanism has been tested to ensure its full working order.
Functionality: Good
 
THE PENCIL
Imprint: Reads 'WATERMAN'S STERLING MADE IN U.S.A.'
How to Use : The mechanism of the pencil has been tested for its full functionality. Hold the upper part of the pencil, and screw anti-clockwise to turn the lead out
Functionality: Good
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