Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. I have cleaned, buffed, and polished the outside of the cap and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new rubber sac. Hand polished the 18K Gold Filled Cap Banding, Gold Filled Waterman Clip, Gold Filled Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman 14K #6 NIB.
This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in the Red Ripple pattern. The coloring is gorgeous displaying deep red and black coloring. The lever box assembly very clean with "IDEAL" on the lever easily however there is some wear on the upper edging of the Ideal Globe. The Waterman Ideal Clip displays a hint of wear to the high-point on the ball of the clip and has been polished to shine brightly. The gold-filled cap banding is excellent with only some minor wear to a couple of spots the top edging of the banding again polished to a bright shine. This Waterman 56 barrel has a clean imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG. U.S. IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFF. FOUNTAIN PEN". The butt end of the fountain pen has a crisp number "56" imprint. The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. There are no monograms or personalization to either the cap or barrel. There are no cracks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman #56measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 7/8" 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 14K Gold WATERMAN IDEAL #6 Canadian Nib. The iridium tipping is in excellent condition with the point measuring .64mm when measured with digital calipers - a medium nib point. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an Extra Fine to Fine stroke/line variation. The extra-fine line measures roughly .36mm with light pressure and will flex to a fine stroke measuring at .57mm with a firm to medium pressure when measured with digital calipers. The Nib is very rigid with no real flex at all. 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.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This antique Waterman #56 Red Ripple Hard Rubber Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition. I would consider the condition of this fountain pen to grade in excellent condition, and certainly, a very tough Waterman Model acquire. This is a collector grade with amazing coloring and clean imprints. This Waterman #56 Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition or add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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