I have hand cleaned the NIB and feed. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel, cap, spiral, rod connector, turning knob, and end unit with mineral oil. Replaced the old cork packing unit with a new fluorocarbon rubber o-ring. Hand polished the Sterling Cap and Barrel along with the Ideal 14K #2 Flexible NIB.
This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with Sterling Silver Overlay in the Trefoil Vine pattern, which was in use on the Waterman pens from roughly 1907 to 1923. The hard rubber portion of the pen displays a deep black color with no oxidation on the barrel or cap. The butt end of barrel end has an imprint that reads, "442 1/2V".
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the barrel and there is a cartouche area that has been left untouched. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. The sterling overlay looks beautiful that display less than normal use wear and scratching. There are no leaks from the cap or the turning knob and tested with first for 48 hours. This Waterman 442 1/2Vmeasures 3 3/4" in length capped and 5" posted with the nib extended.
The NIB is a 14K #2 Flexible Ideal Waterman NIB. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal NIB, it measured at a medium point of .83mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly .68mm with light pressure and flexes to a triple broad stroke of approximately 2.19mm with a medium to firm pressure. 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-Black Ink.
Sterling Silver Overlay Waterman Safety Fountain Pen are uncommon and a scarce pen to find. This 442 1/2V Safety is very clean and a real treasure for collectors. I would grade this Waterman 442 1/2V Sterling Silver Safety Fountain Pen is Very Fine to Excellent condition. A superb collector worthy writing instrument to add to your writing arsenal collection!
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