For your consideration, we are offering for sale this Gorgeous Circa 1930 Waterman 42 1/2 Safety Fountain Pen in Red Ripple Hard Rubber Pattern. This fountain pen has been cleaned, put back together, and now is in wonderful writing condition.
This Waterman Safety Pen was made for the French Market. We can tell this by the 18K "eagle head" hallmarks on the barrel bands. Additionally, we have the 18K stamp on the back side of the nib with the JF hallmark.
I have hand cleaned the NIB and feed. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel, cap, spiral, rod connector, turning the knob, and end unit with mineral oil. Hand polished the Cap and Barrel along with the Ideal 18K #2 Super Flexible NIB.
This fountain pen is made from rubber in the Red Ripple pattern. The hard rubber portion of the pen displays a vibrant red and black color that displays just gorgeously! The butt end of the barrel end has the imprint that reads, "42 1/2" and the center of the barrel reads, "WATERMAN'S RED. U.S. WATERMAN IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFF. FOUNTAIN PEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". The cap is also imprinted lightly with, "WATERMAN'S UNITED STATES OF AMERICA".
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the barrel or cap. There are no cracks, nicks, or repairs to the hard rubber. The hard rubber material looks beautiful that displays way less than normal use - a super clean pen. I have replaced the old cork with o-ring and there are no leaks from the cap or the turning knob which has been tested for 48 hours. This Waterman 42 1/2 measures 4 3/8" in length capped and 5 3/8" posted with the nib extended.
The NIB is an 18K #2 Flexible Ideal Waterman NIB. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal NIB, it measured at a extra fine/fine point of .45mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a fine line measuring roughly .51mm with light pressure and flexes to a triple/quadruple broad stroke of approximately 2.65mm 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.
Finding Red Ripple Waterman Safety Fountain Pens are uncommon and a scarce pen to find. This 42 1/2 Safety is exceptionally clean and a real treasure for collectors especially with the 18K nib and barrel bands. I would grade this Waterman 42 1/2 Red Ripple Safety Fountain Pen in Excellent+ condition. A superb collector-worthy writing instrument to add to your writing arsenal collection!
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