Waterman’s made shagreen overlays on 52 pens for Asprey, the London Jeweller. I don’t know if they were also made for any other top-end jewellers. Shagreen is untanned slightly rough greenish leather and was originally valued for use on sword hilts and such because it provided a good grip. It was also valued for its water resistance. Both qualities useful for pens. It became popular again in the art deco period of the 1920s and ‘30s so it is not surprising it should be used on a pen in that period.
The trim is “gold”: I can see no hallmarks on the trim so it may be rolled gold. But there are scratches on the trim which reveal no brassing so I am inclined to think it is more likely to be 9K gold, more likely if it was to be retailed by Asprey or a similar.
The #2 nib is a smooth fine point with nice flex.
Closed the pen is 13.6cm and when the cap is posted, 16.8cm.
It is a genuinely rare pen.
Condition: Very good; the shagreen has lightened in places, mainly on the barrel overlay and the BHR parts of the barrel and section have faded. The trim shows no brassing and I suspect it is 9K gold as discussed above but it is not hallmarked as such.
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