I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB and feed. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel, cap, and section with mineral oil. Cleaned the outside of the cap and barrel with mineral oil. The hard rubber displays little oxidation and the chasing is strong and consistent on the cap and barrel.
This fountain pen is made from black chased hard rubber. The barrel has a strong imprint at the center that read, "PAT'D 1884 MAY 23 1899 WATERMAN'S IDEAL GLOBE LOGO FOUNTAIN PEN N.Y. U.S.A. & AUG 4, 1903 U.S.A". The butt end of the fountain pen has a very crisp 56 imprint. The cap is a screw-on type cap always securing tightly with a Nickel Plated IDEAL CLIP-CAP Clip. The barrel has the Nickel plated Lever and Lever Box Assembly in excellent condition. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or the barrel. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman #56 measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 7 1/8" posted.
The NIB is an awesome flexible and super smooth Waterman 14K New York IDEAL #6 Nib. The actual tip of the Waterman 14K NIB measures .71mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a fine line measuring .51mm and flexes up to a double broad+ stroke of 1.55mm with medium pressure. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
I would say this Waterman 56 is in Very Fine to Excellent condition. The Nib is smooth, the chasing is very good, and the coloring is black with minor oxidation. A great collector grade Waterman that is ready to write or just add to your writing arsenal collection.
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