Waterman’s #612 eyedropper pen in black hard rubber with panels of mother of pearl barrel overlay between decorative gold filled bands. The pen has a #2 medium nib with some flex.
The MOP overlay pens do not seem to appear as much in Waterman’s catalogues compared with the metal (silver and gold) patterns. The taper cap version of this pen, the #624 was available from 1900. This #612 has the last version of the Star nib with the large star imprint under the Waterman’s imprint which was replaced in 1900 by the Ideal imprint nibs. But the imprints on the pen include that 1903 patent so dating the pen after this presumably means that older stock of star nibs were being used up in the retail network.
The imprints on cap and barrel are crisp, the “12” on the barrel end and on the cap: “WATERMAN’S IDEAL FOUNTAIN PEN.N.Y.” and the patent dates for 1899 and 1903.
Closed the pen is 13cm and with the cap posted 16.7cm.
Condition: excellent; the hard rubber is unfaded and glossy, the mother of pearl is excellent and there is no brassing of the golf filled bands. Imprints are crisp. The nib has lots of iridium and writes well.
A fine example of this less common Waterman’s eyedropper.
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