Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Cleaned and polished the outside of the cap and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new, properly sized, rubber sac. Hand polished the 18K Gold Filled Cap Banding, Gold Filled Waterman Ideal Clip-Cap, 18K Gold Filled Ideal Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman 14K GREEN KEYHOLE NIB.
This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in the red ripple design. The coloring is absolutely amazing red and black color. The barrel has the imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG. U.S. IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFFICE FOUNTAIN PEN". The lower portion of the barrel has the imprint that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG. U.S. IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFFICE MADE IN U.S.A." and the butt end of the fountain pen has the 7 imprint.
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The original Green cap banding deteriorated and has been replaced with a replica casein Green banding. There are no monograms on the cap or barrel. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman #7 measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 7 3/16" posted.
The lever and box assembly have been cleaned and oiled. It works flawlessly and smoothly in my tests with water. The Globe and Ideal imprint on the lever are crisp and clean with only a hint of brassing at the top and bottom of the IDEAL GLOBE. The Waterman Ideal Clip displays just a hint of brassing on the sides of the ball of the clip. The gold filled cap banding shows an ever so slight brassing at the upper edge but very light.
This Waterman has the not so common Green Keyhole Nib. The Green color coded Waterman Nib is known for having Medium manifold popular among stenographers. The iridium tipping is in excellent condition with the point measuring .80mm when measured with digital calipers. The Nib has no cracks, ready for use. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly between .62mm to .71mm with normal 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 Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This is antique Waterman #7 Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition. The Red Ripple color is amazing and really is collector quality. I would consider the condition of this fountain in excellent+ condition and certainly a collector grade writing instrument to add to one's collection.
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