Dating waterman pens


Waterman Pens offer a wide and luxurious selection of Fine Writing pens ranging from beginner to enthusiast models. Most Waterman Pens are made in France, with a few made in the United Kingdom. Since 1883, Waterman Pen continues to be a brand synonymous with quality and style.

I recently got a Waterman 12 eyedropper with thin repoussé bands, rather like what is pictured on page 18 of the Davis-Lehrer book (as received by me, it had a Sterling #3 nib—wondering if that could have been a POS substitution?). The imprint is on the cap, with the only patent dates marked being the two from 1884. Now, back then the term of a patent was 17 years from issue, so I’m wondering if that means the pen dates from 1901 at the latest, or if Waterman continued putting just its original patent dates on even after the patent had expired (which I think it shouldn’t have done, but you never know).


Dating waterman pens

Dating waterman pens