For your consideration, we are offering for sale this Very Scarce Uncommon Restored Circa 1923 Waterman #475 Black Hard Rubber with Sterling Silver Trefoil Overlay Eyedropper Fountain Pen. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned and put back together and now is in wonderful writing condition. Such an exceptional fountain pen in terms of condition and writing - is also a Large Sterling Overlay Waterman that are uncommon to acquire.
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. Hand polished the Sterling Silver Waterman Clip-Cap Clip, Sterling Cap, Sterling Barrel and Waterman 14K #5 NIB.
This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with Sterling Silver Overlay in what is known as the Trefoil pattern. This pattern was in production from 1907 to circa 1923. The Sterling Silver overlay is gorgeous displaying a beautiful Art Nouveau look. The Sterling Waterman Ideal Clip-Cap displays display absolutely no wear. All Sterling Silver overlay has been polished to shine brightly. The cap and barrel are stamped, "WATERMAN'S STERLING MADE IN U.S.A.". The butt end of the fountain pen has imprint model number "4752". 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 or Sterling Silver overlay. This Waterman #475 measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 6 3/4" posted.
This Waterman Fountain Pen is an Eyedropper Fill type. The section unscrews and one fills the barrel with ink and attached the section back to the barrel for use. It is a simple designed filling system and works as it should with ink.
This Waterman has a fantastic #5 WATERMAN IDEAL NEW YORK Flex Nib. The iridium tipping is in excellent condition with the point measuring .49mm when measured with digital calipers - a fine nib point. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly .68mm with light pressure and flexes to a triple broad stroke of 1.94mm with medium to firm pressure when measured 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.
These large Waterman Fountain Pens overlays are extremely difficult to find especially in Sterling. To give some context, this 475 is longer and has a larger diameter than a Parker Senior Maxima. This #475 Sterling Trefoil Pattern Overlay Fountain Pen is not an easy example to find clean, which this one is. I would consider the condition of this fountain pen to easily grade in Excellent condition. This is one very few people will be able to say they have in the fine writing instrument stable.