This Waterman 52 1/2V is made from hard rubber in the Cardinal Red ebonite or hard rubber. The coloring is consistent throughout the cap and barrel. The fountain barrel has a light imprint that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG US PAT. OFF. FOUNTAIN PEN ". The butt end of the fountain pen has a clean and crisp imprint "52 1/2V". The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. There are no monograms or personalizations on the cap or barrel. There are no cracks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 52 1/2V measures 4 3/8" in length capped and 5 5/8" posted.
The lever and box assembly are in excellent condition. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever is crisp and clean, no brassing, there is some very minor wear on the lever arm. The cap banding displays not very minor wear along the top edge of the banding. The clip displays wear on the left side. All the trim has been polished to shine brightly. I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap. Cleaned and polished the outside of the cap and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac.
The lever and box assembly have been cleaned and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully.
The NIB is the 14K #2 Waterman Ideal Nib. When measuring the actual iridium tip of the NIB, it measures at .73mm when measured with digital calipers, a medium point. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a Fine line measuring roughly .47mm with very light pressure and flexes up to a Triple Broad stroke of 2.04mm with medium to firm pressure when measuring with digital calipers. The nib has excellent responsiveness and writes fairly smoothly. 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.
This antique Waterman #52 1/2V Cardinal Red Hard Rubber Fountain Pen are becoming increasingly difficult to source in the Cardinal Hard Rubber color. I would grade this fountain pen in Very Fine Condition mainly due to the wear on the left side of the clip. This Waterman #52 1/2V Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition or add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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