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 Cap, Barrel, and Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman 14K #2 NIB.
This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with 18K Gold Filled Overlay in what is known as the Pansy Panel pattern. The overlay is gorgeous is super clean and polished to shine again with no dings or denting - very tough to find this type of overlay without any dings or dents. The lever is crisp and clean with "IDEAL" on the lever easily seen with the naked eye. The fountain pen cap and barrel are stamped, "WATERMAN'S MADE IN U.S.A.". This Waterman 0552 1/2V barrel has the lower end covered with the overlay. The butt end of the fountain pen has a clean stamping of the number "0552 1/2V" stamp. 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. There are no cracks or repairs to the hard rubber or overlay. This Waterman #0552 1/2V measures 3 7/8" in length capped and 5 1/8" posted.
The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. I have tested the lever filling systems with water and works as it was originally intended to.
This is where the pen starts to really shine - this Waterman has a #2 WATERMAN IDEAL Flex Nib. The iridium tipping is in excellent condition with the point measuring .75mm 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 .60mm with light pressure and flexes to a triple broad stroke of 2.06mm with medium to firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The nib writes very smoothly and has great 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 Parker Quink Blue Ink.
This antique Waterman #0552 1/2V Fountain Pen is not an easy example to find clean. The overlay is gorgeous and displays extremely well. I would consider the condition of this fountain pen to grade in Excellent+ condition. A fabulous Waterman example to add to one's writing arsenal collection.
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