Vintage Pens – The Pen For Roughing It

Waterman came up with some pretty good lines for their Ideal fountain pens – this time, that they worked both on land and sea because they didn’t get seasick! Of course, that doesn’t mean the user wouldn’t. Truly the “ideal” fountain pen!

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Waterman’s Perfect Simplicity Vintage Pens

The simplicity of an eyedropper is one of the reasons to love it. The less parts there are, the less there is to break. One of our customers loves eyedroppers because of how easy it is to disassemble to clean thoroughly. What is your preferred vintage pen filling mechanism?

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The Universal Gift – Vintage Pens

What could the universal gift be? Ask any fountain pen lover, and they’ll probably say a fountain pen. Waterman’s Ideal fountain pen was a gift for everyone in the family, except the baby. This is a cute and comical ad! Appropriate name, calling it the “Ideal Fountain Pen.” There was a Waterman for everyone then …and now. The Ideal Fountain Pen was not just a new pen that was launched: it was the pinnacle of …

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Waterman Coin-Filler

Waterman has produced several filling mechanisms in addition to the lever-fillers and eyedroppers; for example, there was also the “coin filler.” The coin filler operates with a prop: Waterman provided a special “coin” to use with these pens. In the side of the barrel is an open rectangular shaped slot under which is a press bar.  Once depressed by the special coin (or of course anything else the user might decide to use), the bladder was evacuated …

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Dummy Pens

In addition to demonstrators/Ink-Vue fountain pens for showing customers how the inside of a fountain pen worked, Waterman also made Dummy Pens. They look like a regular Waterman at first glance, but they were not functional pens – they were just “dummies” for display. Since the pens often sat in display cases in shop windows, they were painted black to minimize fading from sunlight exposure. A hard rubber pen sitting in sunlight and heat for …

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Waterman #7 Pink Nib

Pen #20 is a 1921 Waterman in a beautiful Red Ripple. It’s a #7 lever-filler with a “Pink” color-coded nib and matching band at the top of the cap. Waterman produced 10 nib “colors” for the #7 pen: red, green, purple, pink, blue, yellow, brown, grey, black, and white (an example of the “white” has yet to be found). Each “color” corresponded to the style of the nib.  The “Pink” is usually “fine/triple-flexible” with the highest flexibility of …

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Waterman Lady Patricia Sheraton

Here is a 1929 Lady Patricia LF set in gold-filled, in the very rare Sheraton/pinstriped pattern. For those of you that enjoy flexible nibs, this one could be for you. It has a fine flex nib, is new-old-stock, and is mint in the original box. Along with the Sheraton finish, there were many others: the cable twist, Gothic, Basket Weave, BayLeaf, Smooth, in addition to Nacre, Persian, Onyx, Turquoise, Moss Agate, Jade, Grey Lace DeLuxe, …

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Putting Waterman Inks in Vintage Pens

One of my preferred inks, particularly for use in vintage fountain pens, is Waterman ink. Vintage pens require care and maintenance, which includes regular flushing. Since vintage pen mechanisms can sometimes be complicated, depending on the filling system, and not easy (or recommended) to disassemble, ink that flushes easily from the pen is preferable. Waterman inks behave well; they have good flow, wash out easily, are relatively non-staining, and are non-pigmented. In other words: they are safe for your fountain …

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Waterman’s Ideal Ash Tray

Waterman also produced ash trays. They were rather popular at a certain time, especially amongst people who smoked! Others seemed to prefer the Waterman fountain pens. The ash tray pictured below was an effective advertising unit for Waterman, so long as it wasn’t filled with cigarettes. Which would you pick? An ashtray or a fountain pen? I still suspect Waterman fountain pens and inks were more popular.

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Jif-Waterman Long Neck Ink Reservoir Bottle

A lot of the modern ink bottles in use today are reminiscent of vintage ink bottles. One in particular that gets a lot of attention are the ink bottles (and inks) produced by P.W Akkerman in The Netherlands. Jif-Waterman was a French subsidiary of Waterman who produced this long neck reservoir ink bottle we all love today. The neck reservoir is filling by tilting the bottle and the glass marble in the neck traps the …

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