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Welcome to Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. the U.K.’s premier vintage fountain pen website. We offer a good stock of restored Conway Stewart, Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman and others. We sell desktop items too. Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. – 1st on line, 1st for quality and 1st for customer service.

A free fountain pen gift box is available with each purchase upon request (just tick the relevant box at checkout) and our postage and packing charge is per order not per item.

Enjoy your browse through our vintage fountain pen selection.

Spotlight on: Waterman Overlay Rose-Ripple 9ct Gold - Line and Dot

Rose-Ripple 9ct Gold - Line and Dot  Waterman Overlay

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This substantial vintage fountain pen was made by Waterman in the 1920’s. The 9ct gold overlay on hard rubber is in a rare and attractive pattern called “Line and Dot”. The added attraction of this particular example is that the gold is overlaid on a hard rubber in a pattern Waterman called “Ripple” in a colour they termed “Ripple Rose”. It is this combination of 9ct overlay line and dot pattern on Ripple-Rose which makes it an exceptionally rare example. Until this time vulcanized rubber was only available in black but Waterman perfected a method of incorporating a colour. The range included  “Ripple Blue-Green, “Ripple Olive” and this the “Ripple-Rose”. Waterman advertisements of the period stated “Nothing so beautiful in pens has ever been produced before” . The cap has a Waterman ball ended “Clip Cap” of the period. The barrel gold markings state“FDW 9 375” (rubbed) and hallmark for London 1923. FDW stands for Frank D. Waterman. His uncle, Lewis E. Waterman, was the founder of Waterman in 1888 - it was his nephew Frank who became the company ambassador abroad. He was entrusted with the distribution of Waterman pens in England via the London stationer L.G. Sloane. Normally you would find more markings around the smooth tapered area at the bottom of the barrel but these have been smoothed off over time. The medium flexible nib writes a wet line and states “Waterman’s Ideal REg.U.S. PAT. OFF. 2 Made in U.S.A.”. Condition is good with a minor ding on the crown of the cap. It is also worth noting, as you will see from the montage, that the personalization lozenge is engraved with the initials “FCP” – this is reflected in the price. Its weight is 26grams and it measures 140mm with cap on and 173mm with cap on barrel end. This is a rare and exceptional vintage fountain pen, evocative of its era of style and elegance and it will sit well in a vintage fountain pen collection. It is also suitable to use everyday. All fountain pens are professionally serviced and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order. A gift box is available free of charge on request at checkout where you are also able to select your payment method.

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Price: £650.00
Postage and packing
U.K. via Royal Mail Special Delivery: £7.00
Europe via Royal Mail International Signed For: £10.00
Rest of World via Royal Mail International Signed For: £12.00
The postage and packing charge is per order not per item, so if you buy more than one item you pay only one postage and packing charge (see our terms). These costs will be added to your invoice at checkout. Please select UK, Europe or World delivery to ensure you pay the right amount.

Link to Writing Equipment Society

If you would like to meet other enthusiastic collectors of pens and writing equipment why not join the Writing Equipment Society?

Here is a little information about how this site works:

The Vintage Pens and Desktop Items section shows information on all current stock displayed in a random order over several pages and provides an opportunity to purchase. Clicking on the link below the illustration will reveal other items currently available from the same manufacturer. To find a particular item in the current stock, click the Quick Stock List lozenge and select from there.

When you have found something you wish to buy, then click on the 'add to basket' icon add to basket icon. You may continue shopping and add more items to your basket. When you have completed shopping then click on the 'Check out' button in the right margin to pay for your purchases. (NB: this button only appears when you have items in your basket. We use 'cookies' to record the contents of your basket. If your browser has cookies turned off then you will not be able to add items to your basket.)

Our Sold Archive provides information to budding vintage fountain pen/desktop item collectors and social history students. Should you wish us to source a previously sold item an e-mail link is provided.

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