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1906 Ad Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pens Clip-Cap School Writing Desks LHJ6

1906 Ad Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pens Clip-Cap School Writing Desks LHJ6

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This is a rare original 1906 black and white print ad for the L. E. Waterman Company of 173 Broadway in New York (as well as 209 State Street in Chicago, 18 Geary Street in San Francisco, 8 School Street in Boston, and 136 St. James Street in Montreal). This ad features their Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pens with Clip-Caps.


This 105+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging in margins. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.75 x 3.5 inches; 12 x 9 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Waterman's Fountain Pen.

Inventor Lewis Waterman, of New York, began his career as an insurance broker. The legend goes that while Waterman was meeting with an important client, the pen he was using leaked all over a critical document that was to be signed by the client. Upon Waterman's return, after attempting to retrieve a new document, he found the client had signed with another broker. This chain of events led to Waterman designing fountain pens in his brother's workshop, and eventually selling them out of a cigar shop after he patented the pen in 1884. Waterman guaranteed his pens for five years, advertised in the popular magazine The Review of Review and intrigued customers soon began to place orders for Waterman's fountain pens. Upon Waterman's death in 1901, his nephew Frank D. Waterman took over the business, increasing sales substantially, and the company became internationally-known for its quality and reliability.

Early Waterman pens had 14K gold nibs that provided smoothness and flexibility; the rest of the pen was made out of hard rubber. The #42 retracting-nib safety pen, #52 screw-cap lever-filler and #12 slip-cap eyedropper were common models.

Incredible Fact:

Perhaps the company's biggest claim to fame was the solid gold Waterman pen that was used in signing the Treaty of Versailles.

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