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VINTAGE WATERMAN IDEAL 54 BCHR FOUNTAIN PEN
Black Chased Hard Rubber BCHR; Early; Circa 1900s
was £399.99
now £299.99
 
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VINTAGE WATERMAN'S IDEAL 54 FOUNTAIN PEN

~ Early Waterman's IDEAL Edition of Over 100 Years ~

~ Model Number on Barrel End ~ Detail Dated Imprint on Barrel ~

~ Black Chased Hard Rubber BCHR ~ a Solid 14ct #4 Gold Nib, Circa 1900s ~

~ Serviced, Nice Overall Condition ~ 

 
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SUMMARY
 
 
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SUMMARY
Model: Waterman's Ideal 54 - USA
Colour: Black chased hard rubber
Overall Length: 5-3/8 inches
Date Manufactured: Circa 1900s
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: Black chased hard rubber
Top Ring: N/A
Top Jewel: N/A
Trim Pattern: Chrome plated trim; Polished
Pocket Clip: Chrome plated pocket clip reads 'CLIP-CAP PAT.APR.19.10 SEP.28-05' with the IDEAL globe
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 NEW YORK 4'
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 'PAT'D 1884 MAY.23.1899 WATERMAN'S FOUNTAIN PEN N.Y. U.S.A. AUG.4.1903' with the 'IDEAL' globe
End Jewel: N/A
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: A new ink sac has been fitted. 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
 
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