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 vintage fountain pen, which Waterman called the Lady Patricia, was created in 1930 for the female hand, following the successful sales of the Waterman Patrician range – a much larger fountain pen aimed primarily at the male market. The Stationery Trades’ Journal of the time (November 1930) praised its “slender careful lines and smart modish colour”. It was marketed as having a “smart, modern, feminine cap clasp – holding the pen securely in place, even in the most crowded handbag.” The first Lady Patricia was presented to Miss Amy Johnson (1903-1941) the English female aviator who carried a Waterman fountain pen during her daring solo flight from England to Australia. It was sold in a range of finishes – this particular example Waterman termed Nacre - it is sometimes called Black and Pearl. The cap top, clip, single decorated cap band and lever are chrome plated. The text on the fine to medium point nib reads "Waterman's Ideal Canada 2". I have listed it in fair to good condition – there is, as is usual with this pattern, some colour variation between cap and barrel and some age wear to the chrome trim. However this is reflected in the price. It still has a crisp barrel imprint which states “Waterman’s Fountain Pen, Made in Canada” and a cap imprint which reads “Waterman’s Made in Canada”. It measures 108mm with cap on and 135mm with cap on barrel end. This delightful vintage pen is a true reflection of its period and will provide many more years of writing pleasure. 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 at checkout.
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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Here is a little information about how this site works:
The Vintage Pens section initially shows all the pens currently in stock, displayed in a random order, over several pages. Clicking on the link below the pen illustration will reveal other pens available from the same manufacturer. An alternative method of finding a particular pen is to use the Search Catalogue section.
The Desktop Items section shows all the items currently in stock or, as with the Vintage Pens list, you can search for particular items such as an inkwell, desk calendar etc. by using Search Catalogue.
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