Waterman #52V

Colorwise, there wasn't much you could do with hard rubber. The vulcanization process turned the material black, although some other colors were possible.

Red, blue, and olive colors were sometimes mixed with black to form mottled patterns, some of which (like the Swan elsewhere on these pages) look surprisingly like nice old cabinetry; the ripple was a Waterman specialty, shown off to good effect in this small (V for "vest pocket") pen. It is quite similar to the pens Waterman was making a decade or more before, with some improvements (the cap has a ring to protect it from chips and stress cracks). Unfortunately, most other companies had already gone on to celluloid, following Sheaffer's lead, and so this pen, even with the ripple finish, must have looked pretty ho-hum next to all those gleaming, jazzy blues and greens and yellows from the other guys.

By the way, vintage Watermans up through this period are very nice writing pens with flexible nibs that lend some distinction to your handwriting. If you are looking for the romance of the vintage pen, you need go no further (at least until the next irresistable offer beckons).

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