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Ideal #452-1/2; Circa 1890s
was £699.99
now £659.99
antique ink pen
~ 'IDEAL' Globe Embossed ~ Waterman 14ct Solid Gold Nib ~ circa 1890s ~
~ Ink Sac Fitted, Serviced, Nice Overall Condition ~
vintage pen overview summary
Up here is Waterman's IDEAL 452-1/2, which the makers offered a vintage Waterman's Ideal STERLING SILVER OVERLAY, with PANSY PANEL FLORAL pattern, which was manufactured in USA circa 1890s. The model number '452-1/2' is embossed at the end of the barrel. This Waterman's IDEAL is in nice condition. It is in STERLING SILVER overlay, which is rare and high ranged model. The pen is long and bold, of overall length 5-5/16 inches. The pocket clip is stunning, with 'STERLING CLIP-CAP' and the 'IDEAL' globe embossed. And on the lever the 'IDEAL' globe is also embossed and is in prinistine condition. On the barrel is an empty space for personalization; the pen is not personalized but there are very minor scretches at the empty space. The pen bears a Waterman No.2 14ct gold nib. A new sac has been fitted. The lever filling system is in good 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 craftsmanship. This would make an excellent gift to treat yourself or for someone special.
fountain pen summary details
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Model: Waterman Ideal 452-1/2 - USA
Colour: Sterling silver
Overall Length: 5-5/16 inches
Date Manufactured: Circa 1890s
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: Sterling silver
Top Ring: N/A
Top Jewel: N/A
Trim Pattern: Sterling silver
Pocket Clip: Engraves 'STERLING CLIP-CAP' and 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 REG.U.S.PAT.OFF. 2'
Condition of Feed : Excellent
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: At the end of the barrel reads 'WATERMAN'S REG.U.S.PAT.OFF. MADE IN U.S.A.'
End Jewel: Model number '452-1/2' embossed
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
fountain pen barrel
pen barrel
Type: Lever
Imprint: N/A
Ink Storage: Medium
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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