Waterman #55 fountain pen
– Red ripple woodgrain hard rubber
– SENIOR long bold pen of overall length 5-1/2 inches
– Executive gold cap top crown
Waterman #55 pen – Up here is a vintage Waterman IDEAL #55 red ripple woodgrain hard rubber fountain pen, which was manufactured in Canada circa 1910s.
This Waterman’s is a fine example, in excellent red ripple (woodgrain) hard rubber with gold filled trim.
The ripple is a pattern that was exclusive to Waterman during the Golden Age; and there is some discoloration on the red ripple color of the pen.
The pen is in nice condition. There is no scretches, cracks, dings and dents all over the body, only some minor wears due to age.
The pen bears a gold filled top crown; some wears due to age.
The pen is in SENIOR version of the series, long and bold with overall length 5-1/2 inches.
The model #55 is engraved at the end of the barrel. There are also some weak imprints on the barrel, with patent date as early as 1900s.
The pocket clip and lever bar bear the ‘IDEAL’ globe logo, which is crisp and stunning.
The pen is fitted with a large Waterman’s 14ct solid gold nib, non-flexible writing smooth fine to medium line.
A new sac has been fitted. The lever filling system of the pen is in perfect working order.
It is really rare and highly sought after Waterman Ripple, 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.
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.
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