Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap. Replaced the old rubber diaphragm with a new one and installed a new rubber gasket. The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. There are no cracks or repairs to the celluloid. This Waterman Lady Patricia measures 4 1/4" in length capped and 5 1/2" posted. The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. The coloring has a beautiful grey marble pearl with a water-clear window. The elegant diamond pattern is repeated on the clip, the cap band, the translucent section of the barrel, and the lever. The barrel has an imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG U.S. IDEAL GLOBE PAT. OFF. MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".
Like Parker Vacumatics, Waterman's Ink-Vues use a latex diaphragm not to hold the ink, but to create vacuum suction to suck it directly into the barrel, the transparency of which makes the ink level fully visible. Just unlock the innovative "Double Action" lever, and depress it upward against the barrel 7-10 times until the pen is full.
The Waterman Nib is a #2 - 14K full flexible type. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal NIB, it measures at a medium point of .83mm when measured with digital calipers. 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 2.06mm 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.
This is a beautiful Waterman's Lady Patricia Ink Vue Fountain Pen in a very fine to excellent condition. This is a superb writing instrument to add to your writing arsenal collection!
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