This Waterman Set has been preserved handsomely and a spectacular example. This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in the Cardinal Red coloring. The coloring is consistent throughout each 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 pencil measures 4 3/8" inches in length.
The lever and box assembly are in mint condition. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever is crisp and clean, 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. I have also hand buffed and polished the Waterman Pencil. There is no brassing to any of the gold filled trim on this fountain pen and pencil set.
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 pencil propels the lead as it was designed to without any challenges. The Waterman box is in very good condition with the gold "Waterman" stamping
The NIB is the 14K #2 Waterman Ideal Nib. When measuring the actual iridium tip of the NIB, it measures at .71mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an Extra Fine line measuring roughly .35mm with very light pressure and flexes up to a Triple Broad stroke of 1.81mm 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.
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 & Pencil Set is scarce in this type condition, which I would say is easily in excellent condition Also, including the original period correct box makes this a treasured set and Grail set for a collector - it will be hard to find one better! This Waterman #52 1/2V Fountain Pen & Pencil set is in ready to write condition or add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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