Waterman IDEAL 5 Purple Emblem Keyhole Nib Fountain Pen

Original price was: £ 488.Current price is: £ 435.

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– Waterman IDEAL 5

– Purple emblem

– Purple keyhole nib

– Executive

Waterman IDEAL #5 pen – Up here is a vintage Waterman IDEAL #5 fountain pen, which was manufactured in USA circa 1930s.

This Waterman’s is a fine example, classic, with royal black body.

On the barrel end is an “purple emblem” with “5” embossed.

It bears a matching Waterman’s 14ct solid gold nib, with nice purple keyhole airhole.

In 1920s, Waterman’s introduced a new nib coding system for the No 5 and No 7. It represented distinct types of nibs, with each type assigned a “color”. The pens themselves also acquired the same colors, in the form of a colored hard rubber band inset near the cap crown for some model like IDEAL #7; and a colored emblem at the barrel end for this IDEAL #5.

Purple color stands for “Stiff & Fine”. Stiff (firm) fine designed for pressureless writing; a good accounting nib.

The imprint on the barrel is crisp.

A new ink sac has been fitted. The filling system is in good working order. The pen has been restored and tested for full functionality. Only there are some minor 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.

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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Additional information



Country Manufactured




Capped length

5 inches

Date Manufactured

Circa 1930s

Filler Type

Lever filler


full functionality and working order, serviced


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