Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Cleaned, buffed, and polished the outside of the cap and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the 18K Gold Filled Waterman Clip, 18K Gold Filled Cap, Barrel, Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman 14K #4 NIB.
This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with 18K Gold FIlled Overlay which is a smooth pattern. The lever is crisp and clean with "IDEAL" on the lever easily seen with the naked eye. The barrel is free from any major dings or denting. All 18K Gold Filled overlay has been polished to shine brightly. This Waterman #0554 barrel has an imprint at the barrel end that is nearly all worn away but reads, "WATERMAN'S REG U.S. PAT. OFF. MADE IN USA". The butt end of the fountain pen has the "0554" imprint. The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel. This Waterman #0554 measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 3/4" posted.
The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. I have tested the lever filling systems with water and works flawlessly and as it was originally intended to.
This Waterman has a great #4 WATERMAN IDEAL Semi-Flex Nib. The iridium tipping is in excellent condition with the point measuring .73mm when measured with digital calipers - a medium nib point. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly .63mm and flexes to a double broad of 1.61mm with medium to firm pressure when measured 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 Montblanc Blue Ink.
This antique Waterman #0554 18K Gold Filled Fountain Pen is not an easy example to find without monograms or personalizations. I would consider the condition of this fountain pen to grade in Very Fine to Excellent condition. Still, a fabulous and uncommon example in the 0554 model to add to one's writing arsenal collection.
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