For your consideration, we are offering for sale this restored Circa 1927 Waterman Red Ripple 52 1/2V Ringtop Hard Rubber Fountain Pen. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned, put back together, and is now in wonderful writing condition.
This Waterman 52 1/2V has been preserved handsomely and a spectacular example. This fountain pen is made from hard rubber known as Red Ripple and the coloring is vibrant and clean. The coloring is consistent throughout the writing instrument. The fountain barrel has a perfect crisp 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, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 52 1/2V measures 4 5/8" in length capped and 5 7/8" posted.
The lever and box assembly are in mint condition. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever is crisp and clean, with no brassing. The cap banding is perfect with no brassing or wear. 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. Hand polished the Gold Filled Barrel Banding, Gold Filled Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman Nib.
The lever and box assembly have been cleaned and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. The lever is crisp and clean with no brassing. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully.
The NIB is the 14K #2 Waterman Ideal Long Tine Nib. When measuring the actual iridium tip of the NIB, it measures at .58mm when measured with digital calipers - a Fine Point. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a Fine line measuring roughly .53mm 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 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.
This antique Waterman #52 1/2V Red Ripple Hard Rubber Fountain Pen is scarce in this type of condition, which I would say is easily in excellent + to Near Mint condition. 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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