Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Polished and buffed the outside of the barrel and red & black colors really display lovely coloring.
This fountain pen is made from red mottled hard rubber. The barrel has very faint imprints at the center that reads, "WATERMAN'S FOUNTAIN PEN N.Y. PAT'D FEB. 12 & NOV 4, 1884 U.S.A". The butt end of the fountain pen has very faint 12 imprint. The side of the cap has a bit more readable imprint that reads, "PAT. MAY 24, 1898
The cap is a slip type cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms on the barrel. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 12 measures 5 1/4" in length capped and 6 5/8" posted. This early Waterman has the ribbed style section.
The NIB is a wonderful Waterman 14K #2. The actual tip of the Waterman 14K NIB measures .94mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a fine line measuring .45mm, the horizontal strokes, with very light pressure and flexes up to 2.77mm with normal pressure. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that is listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
These don't come up for auction very often and the only challenge this Waterman has are the faint imprints. That said, this is a very good to excellent example of an antique Waterman #12 Eyedropper Fountain Pen in a Mottled pattern that is, in my opinion, one for the collector display case.
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