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Vintage Founatin Pens Heritage from 1880s to 1970s | Waterman
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18K Gold Filled; Early Rare Hard Rubber; Glossy Crisp Imprint; Circa 1900s
was £499.99
now £359.99
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~ RARE 'CARDINAL' Red Hard Rubber ~

~ Exclusive to Waterman during the Golden Age ~

~ Superbly Detailed Imprint ~ Gold Trim ~ 14ct Waterman's RED KEYHOLE Gold Nib ~ c1909 ~

~ Ink Sac Fitted, Serviced, Nice Overall Condition ~ 

vintage pen overview summary
     Up here for auction is a vintage Waterman's Ideal 55 red hard rubber fountain pen, which was manufactured in USA circa 1909. The set is in SENIOR VERSION, of the overall length of the fountain pen over 5-1/2 inches. This Waterman's is a fine example, in excellent red hard rubber, often called 'CARDINAL', with gold filled trim and a 14ct gold nib. The Cardinal Ideal 55 is rare and highly sought after in the market. The pen is supberbly detailed, with imprint and signature all around. The model 55 is engraved at the end of the barrel. The imprint is found at the middle and end the barrel. The lever and the pocket clip bear the 'IDEAL' globe logo, which is crisp and stunning. The pen bears a large Waterman 14ct RED KEYHOLE solid gold nib. The lever filling system of the pen is in perfect working order. A new sac has been fitted. Unfortunately there is a tight crack on the cap just above the pocket clip. Nevertheless, it is really rare and highly sought after Waterman, considering its age (almost 100 years) and in this excellent condition.

The pen has been serviced and tested for full functionality. This Waterman's is a classic elegance and has been produced to the highest standards of craftsmanship. This would make an excellent gift to treat yourself or for someone special.

fountain pen summary details
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Model: Waterman's Ideal 55 Candinal – USA
Colour: Red hard rubber
Overall Length: 5-1/2 inches
Date Manufactured: Circa 1900s
Filler Type: Lever
Restoration: The pen has been conservatively serviced, polished and tested for full functionality
fountain pen history

     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.

fountain pen cap THE CAP
Material: Red hard rubber
Top Ring: N/A
Top Jewel: N/A
Trim Pattern: Gold cap band; Polished
Pocket Clip: Engraves 'WATERMAN'S' 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
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.
Imprint: Reads 'WATERMAN'S REG.PAT.OFF. FOUNTAIN PEN' with the 'IDEAL' globe
End Jewel: Engraved '55'
Screw with Filler: Push type
Screw with Cap: Smooth
Lever: The gold 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
fountain pen barrel
pen barrel
fountain pen barrel imprint
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: Excellent
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