Pens and Ephemera

Waterman gave birth to the modern fountain pen in 1884 in New York City. Lewis Edson Waterman invented the first viable inkfeed for mass production that year, after a faulty pen ruined an insurance deal he was about to make. His 3-fissure inkfeed started a pen empire that still survives to this day. There was an A.A. Waterman pen company, too, but 99.9% of the vintage pens on this site are derived from the L.E. Waterman founding. The modern Waterman pen company is now owned by Sanford brands, which is in turn owned by Newell-Rubbermade.
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Vintage Pens: 5061 Waterman 54
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 5061: Waterman: 54
Easier to handle than a Waterman 52, this Waterman 54 is a bit wider to grip. Of course, it is the 14k gold nib that flexes that most people will love. You can write from extra fine to a little more than 1mm wide. It isn't a wet noodle, but it is a respectable flex with light feedback that helps you feel the paper and what you are doing. On a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being total chocolate hazing, we'd say the cap and barrel behind the band are a 2. Nice chasing, clean imprints. No cracks or significant scratches. Fully restored with a new ink sac. The barrel band isn't marked 14k gold, and it is engraved with the initials "H Y K" in a lovely script. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5052 Waterman Patrician Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5052: Waterman: Patrician Desk Pen
Egads! Here is near perfection in a writing instrument! Our oversized Waterman Patrician desk pen is a stunner. Fully restored with a new ink sac, you will find this pen to be a dreamy writer. Its 14k gold nib is marked a size 7. You will love writing with its smooth fine-point nib that is just firm enough to maintain a consistent fine line but deliciously FLEXIBLE enough to readily spread out to 1mm wide! As far as vintage pens for daily use go, this one writes and feels nearly perfect. Unfortunately, it does not come with a desk base. That is its tragic flaw. If you have one, it is your lucky day. You will find some obvious staining on the hard-rubber section and taper. Light wear and brassing on the "onyx" celluloid barrel, which is a large 1//2-inch wide. 20.2cm.
Vintage Pens: 5044 Waterman 222
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: BB
Price: $699.99
Vintage Pens: 5044: Waterman: 222
Antique pens just keep coming. Here is an ultra rare Waterman 222 Barleycorn pen made of sterling silver and ebonite. Made around 1905, this is a classic taper cap eyedropper. Best of all, the cap and barrel are in incredibly good condition. No cracks or dents. A script name is engraved into the cartouche on the barrel. It is 5 letters that seem to start with a J and end with a Z. You can unscrew the section to fill the pen, though we don't recommend using a pen this delicate and rare. Click the headline for a close up of the rare, beautiful and problematic 14k gold nib. This has an early star logo!. It also has a bad crack coming out of the breather hole. It writes double broad on a dip with some feedback. 14.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5050 Waterman 0322
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $699.99
Vintage Pens: 5050: Waterman: 0322
Grail pens such as this Waterman 0322 "Chased" pen from the early 1900s are intoxicatingly rare. What has become known as "repousse" in many pens Waterman called "chased" in its early turn-of-the-century catalogs. This taper cap with gold-filled overlay is a once-in-a-lifetime pen for us. Its 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine to 1mm flexi line, but the slender hard-rubber pen is so delicate, we don't really recommend writing with it much. Filling this eyedropper pen will be difficult as the section seems firmly screwed together and not wanting to separate. Engraved on the barrel cartouche are the initials E.H.L. You can see a couple bite marks on the end of the barrel and tip of the taper. Its biggest flaw is an upside-down "L" crack from the lip of the cap. Clear imprint on the taper cap. Overall, a very good vintage pen for its age. Click the headline for close-ups. 14.7cm capped.
Pencil: 5016 Waterman 14k Gold Gothic
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $299.99
Pencil: 5016: Waterman: 14k Gold Gothic
Marked 14k gold are both the ruggedly handsome Gothic-style overlay and the pocket clip on this vintage Waterman's pencil. The only wear on the gold overlay is near the top of the pencil, just below the blind cap on the back side. You will find the name "O.V. Traggardh" engraved on the pencil, but wouldn't you engrave it, too, if you could afford a solid 14k gold pencil in the 1920s...or even now! Under the overlay is black hard rubber. There's a little chocolate hazing. Twist the nose cone to advance the 1.1mm lead. Click the headline for a close-up, and you can see a little chip missing from the tip of the nose cone. Unscrew the tail cap to reveal a spare lead. 13cm.
Vintage Pens: 4990 Waterman 56
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $549.99
Vintage Pens: 4990: Waterman: 56
Every now and again we post a pen that makes us ask, "Why aren't we hoarding this just for ourselves?" This Waterman 56 is just flat-out amazing. One of the larger Waterman sizes, this one has a perfect ripple pattern on "red" (i.e. orange) hard rubber. The cap and barrel are flawless. Unfortunately, there's brassing on the cap band, but the rest of the vintage pen is remarkable. We restored it with a new ink sac. You will write a sumptuously smooth...oh, yes, full-on buttery smooth...medium line with its 14k gold nib. Click the headline for a close-up. It says manifold, but the smoothness of the nib doesn't make it feel too rigid. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4905 Waterman 45
Filling Mechanism: Safety)
Era: 1910-1919   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4905: Waterman: 45
You can write if you want to, if you don't no body will. But if your friends don't write, then somethin' ain't right, and they're no friends of mine. It's the safety pen. It's the safety pen. I bet the '80s group Men Without Hats never thought they'd inspire a vintage Waterman parody. It's weirdest intro we could do for this grail pen: the Waterman 45 Safety Filler! We were excited to get our hands on this vintage pen classic. Its hard rubber has only mild signs of chocolate hazing, and its insides are cleaned and moving smoothly. We are reasonably certain this pen is not water-tight, but it is an excellent example of this truly rare pen and worthy of a museum. Its cap has a silver clip and excellent chasing. The barrel still shows light chasing and imprints that are legible, but the chasing is not nearly as deep as it is on the cap. Its 14k gold nib is not marked 5 but it looks like a 5. You will write a smooth semi-flex line with it from extra-fine to just about 1mm. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4770 Waterman 56
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: O
Price: $599.99
Vintage Pens: 4770: Waterman: 56
Vintage Waterman pens are highly desirable to begin with, but when you add decorative gold-plated trim and a factory oblique nib from the 1920s, there is so much more to love. Our vintage pen is a Waterman 56 that is fully restored with a new ink sac. It was reblackened by its previous owner, and it looks almost new out of the factory. No cracks or scratches. Its 56 still has a little orange left in it. Crisp imprint and chasing. Its pocket clip is marked "18k Filled Clip-Cap." It also sports a unique secondary imprint: "National / Live Stock Producer." You will write with some nice bounce on its 14k gold OBLIQUE nib. The nib has a crisp edge for specialized writing and might take a little getting used to, if you do not normally use oblique nibs. 14cm capped.
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