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Waterman Fountain Pens

Lewis Edson Waterman, an insurance salesman, reportedly lost a sale to a client due to a leaky fountain pen. He quit the insurance business and went to his brother's farm where he invented his three-fissure feed fountain pen design. He sold his first pens in a cigar shop in New York. In 1884, he received a patent for his invention and founded the Ideal Pen Company. The company was renamed the Waterman Pen Company in 1888.

Waterman fountain pens manufactured before 1929 were made of hard rubber. The black Ideal 52 was the primary pen line. The Waterman safety pen, the first pen with a fully retractable nib, was introduced in 1904 and was also a popular model. In 1929, Waterman introduced the Patrician, its first celluloid fountain pen. While attractive, the pen had the high price of $10 and did not sell well.

Waterman introduced its highly collectible Hundred Year Pen in 1939. This pen was the first fountain pen to be made out of lucite, a new plastic manufactured by DuPont. Hundred Year Pens earned their name because they were guaranteed for one hundred years. The pens are durable, and true to their name, many of them are still around today for collectors to enjoy.


Quick Facts

  • Charles Lindbergh carried a Waterman fountain pen with him on his famous trans-Atlantic flight 1927
  • A Waterman 42 hard-rubber safety pen with an elaborate Italian gold overlay in very fine condition is currently valued at $2,000
  • Due to the fact that the Waterman Patrician fountain pen was so expensive and did not sell well, few of them are available on the collector's market today. Waterman Patricians currently sell for between $500 and $5,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Waterman's Fountain Pen
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Waterman's Fountain Pen
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $150- $300
$27511 Bids
WATERMAN IDEAL NO. 94 LEVER FILLER FOUNTAIN PEN
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
WATERMAN IDEAL NO. 94 LEVER FILLER FOUNTAIN PEN
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1004 Bids
Lot of 3 Waterman's Pen
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Waterman's Pen
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
Collection of Six Fountain Pens
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Collection of Six Fountain Pens
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $100- $500
$1002 Bids
Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pen
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pen
by Auktionshaus Sieglin GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
"Waterman Gentleman Fontain Pen - Godron" fountain pen
Dec 05, 7:00 PM WET
"Waterman Gentleman Fontain Pen - Godron" fountain pen
by Leiloeira Santo Eloy
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
Waterman, stylo-plume
Dec 05, 12:00 PM CET
Waterman, stylo-plume
by Geneve Encheres
Est: CHF150- CHF200
CHF1000 Bids
2 WATERMAN (France) Schreibgeräte
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
2 WATERMAN (France) Schreibgeräte
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Penna stilo Waterman con pennino in oro
Dec 14, 3:00 PM CET
Penna stilo Waterman con pennino in oro
by Gliubich Casa d'Aste
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
Lot of 5 Vintage Pens
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 5 Vintage Pens
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
WATERMAN SLENDER FOUNTAIN PEN
Dec 13, 2:00 PM EST
WATERMAN SLENDER FOUNTAIN PEN
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $75- $150
$300 Bids
Waterman, a Laureat marbled fountain pen
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Waterman, a Laureat marbled fountain pen
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £20- £40
£100 Bids
WATERMAN, sterling silver fountain pen, 18k gold nib
Dec 07, 3:00 PM CET
WATERMAN, sterling silver fountain pen, 18k gold nib
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €60- €80
€300 Bids
WATERMAN LARGE FOUNTAIN PEN
Dec 13, 2:00 PM EST
WATERMAN LARGE FOUNTAIN PEN
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
WATERMAN FOUNTAIN PEN
Dec 13, 2:00 PM EST
WATERMAN FOUNTAIN PEN
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
WATERMAN IDEAL PARIS FOUNTAIN PEN
Dec 13, 2:00 PM EST
WATERMAN IDEAL PARIS FOUNTAIN PEN
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Waterman Fountain Pens


Quinn's Auction Galleries

Quinn's Auction Galleries

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Roland Auctions NY

Roland Auctions NY

Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art