Chris Robinson has been restoring and selling vintage fountain pens since 1976. She expanded her sales worldwide by launching this website - Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. in 2006.
We provide vintage fountain pens – restored and ready to use today and vintage desktop items. Vintage fountain pens are by their very nature second, third or even fourth hand, condition will vary and this is stated and reflected in the price.
A fountain pen gift box is available free of charge with each purchase upon request. Just tick the relevant box at checkout.
Our Sold Archive provides information to budding vintage fountain pen/desktop item collectors and social history students and is a permanent record of items of interest that we have sold. It is also an opportunity for potential customers to view recently sold items. Should you wish us to try to source another copy of a previously sold item a contact e-mail link is provided.
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This iconic vintage fountain pen, the Patrician, was launched by Waterman in 1929, and represents the ultimate in Art Deco styling. It came in five colours – Jet Black, Turquoise, Emerald (green jade), Nacre (pearl and black) and this, the Onyx version. A sixth colour, Moss-agate was added in the early 1930’s. Immediately recognised as a prestige line, the Waterman Patrician launch was backed by a considerable advertising spend stressing the quality of the manufacture and design. It is now acknowledged as one of the great classics of the golden era of fountain pens. Whilst it was launched as a pen for men (The female version – Lady Patricia – was launched in 1930) it was advertised in December 1929 as “a fountain pen so fine, so beautiful, that it is really a piece of personal jewellery”.
This Patrician fountain pen is particularly significant as it comes with its matching pencil – a very rare event. The pencil even has the original pencil lead holder which you access by unscrewing the red area at the top of the pencil (you will find old pieces of eraser in there) – pull the eraser holder from the cap and you will see it holds six replacement pencil leads (to re-engage just push it back in place and screw the red area back to the top of the cap).
You will note on both items the styling of the Patrician clip and the pierced lattice design of the ornate cap band. The bottom of the fountain pen barrel is stepped, and has a gold fill button stating “Waterman’s”. The barrel itself has the Patrician spade end lever. The barrel imprint is very feint but you can make out “Waterman’s Fountain Pen – Pat. Off.” and the “Ideal” logo. The pencil has been less used and has a clear imprint which states “Waterman’s Reg. U.S. Pat. Off – Made in U.S.A.” The large nib has a medium to broad point and is a wet writer. It reads “patrician – Waterman’s Ideal – Canada”. A large and substantial vintage fountain pen it measures 138mm with cap on and 172mm with cap on barrel end. The pencil is14mm long.
Some points to note – as with most Onyx there is some colour variation, particularly on the fountain pen with general age wear and minor brassing to the trim. Also the lattice band on the fountain pen is firmly in place but will turn if pushed. For these reasons I have listed the set as in “fair to good” rather than “good” condition. This is reflected in the price.
This elegant and aristocratic fountain pen and pencil set, which was phased out in 1936, will be an excellent addition to a vintage fountain pen collection – and of course they will also serve well as everyday writers – which is what they were designed to be. All fountain pens are professionally serviced by Vintage Fountain Pens Inc. unless stated otherwise and bench tested prior to offering for sale. A further inspection is carried out before despatch. Filling instructions will be sent with your order and a gift box is available free of charge on request.
Sources: Collectible Fountain Pens, Glen Bowen/Fountain Pens of the World, Andreas Lambrou/Waterman Past and Present, Max Davis and Gary Lehrer.
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.
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