– Waterman IDEAL 55
– Red ripple woodgrain hard rubber
– SENIOR long bold pen
Waterman IDEAL 55 pen – Up here is a vintage Waterman IDEAL #55 red ripple woodgrain hard rubber fountain pen, which was manufactured in USA circa 1910s.
This Waterman’s is a fine example, in excellent red ripple (woodgrain) with gold filled trim.
The ripple is a pattern that was exclusive to Waterman during the Golden Age.
The pen is in excellent condition. There is no scretches, cracks, dings and dents all over the body.
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 crisp imprints at the middle and end of the barrel.
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, #5 matching the model, semi-flexible writing smooth 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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