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: 5443 Waterman 12
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1910-1919   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5443: Waterman: 12
Merry Christmas 1913! It looks like B.F. Kitsmiller of Shippensburg had a good one. This Waterman 12 has been well preserved complete with its original box and a special tassie fastener. Click the headline for a close-up. The cap is missing its tassie, unfortunately. However, the pen is in otherwise great condition. No cracks, crisp imprints. Lovely repoussé trim on the cap and barrel. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the section to open up after a little water and heat. Old ink sometimes glues these beauties together. The pen is in such great shape, we didn't want to risk much in getting it open. The 14k gold nib has incredible flex going from a medium line to 2mm wide! 13.1cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5419 Waterman Hemisphere
Filling Mechanism: Rollerball
Era: 1980-present
Price: $19.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5419: Waterman: Hemisphere
Green marble with a golden trim makes for a handsome Waterman Hemisphere rollerball pen. There's only light wear on the pen, and the cap still has a really good, tight click closure. It come with a working black refill. We contend that these write just as well, if not better, than Montblanc Classiques for 1/5th the price! 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5432 Waterman C/F
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5432: Waterman: C/F
Waterman C/F rocked the world of vintage pens by introducing the first disposable plastic ink cartridge. This example is a New Old Stock pen complete with its box, papers and sample ink cartridge. The cartridge dried out years ago, but it is amazing to have the complete kit. A nib sticker reads "medium" on the underside of the section, not photographed. Interesting to us is the tag line on the instructions "...loads like a gun...writes like a dream." To the best of our knowledge this pen has never been used. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5430 Waterman C/F
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 5430: Waterman: C/F
Cartridge fillers are not a new phenomena in fountain pens. The first ones date back to around the turn of the 20th century. However, those early ones were not entirely practical and prone to their glass and clay cartridges breaking. On the American market, Waterman C/F pens introduced what we have come to know as the first cartridge pens with disposable plastic cartridges. These pens were Waterman's last hit in the 1950s and until the company was revitalized in the 1980s. This rare New Old Stock set is unused and pristine. From the "Fine Flex" chalk mark on the barrel of the pen to 4 unopened, still waxed shut original cartridges, this vintage pen belongs in a museum. Click the headline for close-ups. The steel nib doesn't feel flexi to us, but that is how it was advertised.
Vintage Pens: 5376 Waterman Commando 515
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5376: Waterman: Commando 515
Modeled on the full-size Waterman 100-Year Pen, this smaller pen is not marked with any model name. It actually is a Waterman Commando 515 from 1940. It is stunning with its original red lucite ends. Most of these pens had their ends kraze and disintegrate. Our vintage pen is nearly perfect. There are 2 or 3 tiny fractals near the clip at the very top and a tiny bit of brassing on the cap bands. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. You will write a wet, fine line with its 14k gold nib. Click the headline for close-ups. 11.8cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 5361 Waterman Expert
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $49.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 5361: Waterman: Expert
Why give just a pen when you can give a pen and cufflinks? Our Waterman Expert set appears to come direct from the 1990s, completely unused. The green-marbled ballpoint pen has no trace of wear, arriving in its original box. After 30 years, the original refill dried out, so we replaced it with a new blue refill. Also included are a pair of gold-plated, hexagon-shaped cufflinks with a medium-to-dark blue center. These also are unused, and still in their original box. A nice gift set.
Vintage Pens: 5355 Waterman 54 Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 5355: Waterman: 54 Set
Waterman mastered nib technology in the 1920s, and 100 years later, these nibs are still better than anything on the market. The fountain pen of our Waterman 54 set comes with a real delight of a FLEXI nib. It is just firm enough to allow you to easily maintain a fine line, but then it smoothly gives way to 1mm line. Absolutely dreamy. The vintage pen itself is pretty nice. The 54 was a nice step up from the slimmer 52. The orange pen is made of "red" hard rubber with a black woodgrain design. There are no cracks or deep scratches on the cap or barrel. The section grip was once stained by ink, and the imprint is weak. There is a little brassing on the gold-plated trim. It has been restored with a new ink sac. Its matching pencil still works and is cosmetically better with only brassing on the nose cone. 1.1mm lead. Refills in the tail.
Pencil: 5351 Waterman Pencil
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $29.99
Pencil: 5351: Waterman: Pencil
Waterman made some incredible celluloids in the 1940s. It almost seems amber flames are rippling through this vintage pencil. The trouble with identifying these writing instruments is that Waterman made a ton of models that all looked the same in the 1940s. Size and gentle nuances differentiated them. We aren't sure which this one was. The good news is that it is working. Twist the nose cone to advance the .9mm lead. It should come as no surprise that a pencil that survived World War II is heavily worn. However, it remains a fighter and still works. 12.5cm.
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