Waterman’s chatelaine pens are not so common as in some other maker’s ranges, particularly Mabie Todd Swan. This No. 12 Chatelaine dating from about 1906 -1908 is black chased hard rubber with repoussé cap top and barrel bands.
It has two notable features as well, namely a very flexible stub-like medium nib and a very early screw cap for a Waterman’s non-safety pen, all-be-it very narrow threads.
The cap imprint is very crisp: “Waterman’s IDEAL Fountain Pen. N.Y.” and the patent dates: May 23 1899. and Aug. 4 1903. The #12 model number on the barrel end is also crisp.
Closed the pen is 13cm and when the cap is posted, 17cm.
Condition: very good; the BCHR has some even fading, the chasing is a bit worn but still clear, the imprints deep and crisp. The gold filled bands have no brassing and are crisp and the indicia is blank. The early narrow threads still hold the cap securely. The nib is a delight, smooth, flexible, expressive.
An uncommon pen in nice condition and a great writer.
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