– Waterman Hundred Year Pen
– Blue Jewel Ends
– Grooved Jet Torpedo Shape
– a Waterman ‘Hundred Year Pen’ Signature 14ct Solid Gold Nib
Up here is a vintage Waterman’s Hundred Year fountain pen, which was manufactured in USA circa 1940s.
L.E. Waterman adopted the new material for its next-generation top-of-the-line model; and in 1939, introduced Waterman’s Hundred Year Pen, the world’s first Lucite pen. The model eventually returned to celluloid.
And the Waterman’s 100 year pen offered here is a classic example. The barrel is grooved jet torpedo shape. The pen is in transparent BLUE, with both ends is BLUE jewels; and both are crystal clear like jewels. At the back of the cap, the ‘Waterman’s REG.U.S.PAT.OFF. MADE IN U.S.A. HUNDRED YEAR PEN’ with the ‘IDEAL’ globe is embossed.
The Semi-flexible Waterman’s 14ct ‘HUNDRED YEAR PEN’ signature solid gold nib is nice condition, yet a small hairline crack at the bottom not affecting its functionality.
A new sac is fitted, and the lever filling system is in nice condition.
The pen has been serviced and tested for its full functionality. Only there are some wears due to age.
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. By the mid-1940s, Waterman, like many other fountain pen manufacturers were losing money due to decreasing sales. In 1949, Waterman produced its first ball point pen, known as the Ball Pointer with a retail price of one dollar; and also the launch of Sapphire, a higher end ball point by 1953. In 1958, European ballpoint brand Bich acquire Waterman’s and the company was renamed the Waterman-Bic Corporation. Waterman is recognised as the oldest manufacturer of fountain pens, still in existence today.
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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