This Waterman 52V is made from hard rubber in the Black Chased ebonite or hard rubber. The coloring is consistent throughout the cap and barrel displaying a deep black coloring. The chasing on the cap and barrel are great. The fountain barrel has very good and clean imprints at the center of the barrel that reads, ""PAT'D 1884 MAY 23 1899 WATERMAN'S FOUNTAIN PEN N.Y. U.S.A. PAT'D MAY 23, 1899 & AUG 3, 1903 U.S.A". The butt end of the fountain pen has a very imprint "52V". 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 or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 52V measures 4 3/8" in length capped and 5 5/8" posted.
This Waterman 52V has the Nickel Clip and Lever box. The lever and box assembly are in excellent condition. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever is crisp and clean, no brassing, there is no wear on the lever arm. The clip displays no wear. All the trim has been polished to shine brightly. 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.
The lever and box assembly have been cleaned and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully.
The NIB is the 14K #2 Waterman Ideal New York Nib. When measuring the actual iridium tip of the NIB, it measures at .69mm when measured with digital calipers, a Medium point. 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 stroke of 2.32mm with very firm pressure when measuring with digital calipers. The nib has excellent responsiveness. 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 #52V Black Chased Hard Rubber Fountain Pen is becoming increasingly difficult to source in this 52V size. I would grade this fountain pen in Excellent Condition. It is very clean and displays most excellent. This Waterman #52V Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition or add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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