For your consideration, we are offering for sale this restored Circa 1923 Waterman 0552 1/2 18K Gold Filled Fountain Pen & Pencil Set in the Trefoil pattern. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned, and put back together and now is in wonderful writing condition. The condition on this set is near mint - near perfect!
This Waterman Set has been preserved handsomely and a spectacular example. This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with the Art Nouveau Trefoil 18K Gold Filled Overlay. The black coloring displays deep Black color. The fountain pen and pencil are stamped, "WATERMAN'S MADE IN USA". The butt end of the fountain pen has a clean and crisp imprint "0552 1/2". 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, nicks, or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 0552 1/2 measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 3/4" posted.
The lever and box assembly is in mint condition. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever is crisp and clean, with no brassing. The Waterman Clip is in perfect condition with no brassing. The Trefoil overlay pattern is also in excellent condition with no wear. 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. Hand polished the18K Gold Filled Overlay, Gold Filled Clip, Gold Filled Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman Nib. I have also hand buffed and polished the Waterman Pencil. There is no brassing to any of the gold-filled trim on this fountain pen and pencil set.
The lever and box assembly have been cleaned and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly. The lever is crisp and clean with no brassing. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully.
The pencil propels the lead as it was designed to without any challenges.
The Waterman NIB is the 14K #2 New York Ideal Nib. When measuring the actual iridium tip of the NIB, it measures at .69mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an Extra Fine line on the horizontal strokes measuring roughly .36mm with very light pressure and flexes up to a Triple Broad stroke of 1.93mm with medium to firm pressure when measuring 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 Parker Quink Blue Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This antique Waterman #0552 1/2 Trefoil Overlay Fountain Pen & Pencil Set is scarce in this type of Excellent to Near Mint condition. This Waterman #0552 1/2 Fountain Pen & Pencil set is in ready to write condition or add it to your writing arsenal collection.