Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new, properly sized, silicone sac. Hand polished the Sterling Waterman Ideal Cap & Clip, Barrel and Ideal Lever Box Assembly along with the Ideal 14K #2 Flexible NIB.
This Waterman 452 is known as the Trefoil Vine pattern that was in use from 1907 to Circa 1923 during the Art Nouveau period. This Waterman is made from black hard rubber with Sterling Silver Overlay. The barrel end has a weak imprint that only reads, "FOUNTAIN PEN". The butt end of the fountain pen barrel has the 452 imprint. The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the barrel cartouche area. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber barrel. The sterling overlay looks beautiful, with some scratching that commensurates with the age of the pen. This Waterman 452 measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 5/8" posted. The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever is clean.
The NIB is a 14K #2 Waterman Flexible NIB. This NIB writes very smooth with flexibility - it is very fun to write with. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal NIB, it measured at .65mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an extra fine line measuring roughly .43mm with very light pressure and flexes up to a triple broad stroke+ of approximately 2.20mm 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. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully. 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 is a wonderful antique Waterman's 452 Fountain Pen that has a super flex nib and is in ready to write condition. I would grade this Waterman 452 in fine to very fine condition. A superb writing instrument to add to your writing arsenal collection!
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