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1925 Ad Waterman's Ideal Foutain Pen Cardinal Richelieu Writing Instruments NGM1

1925 Ad Waterman's Ideal Foutain Pen Cardinal Richelieu Writing Instruments NGM1

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This is an original 1925 black and white print ad for the Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pen from L. E. Waterman Company located at 191 Broadway, New York City. This ad features an illustration of Armand Jean du Plessis, best known as Cardinal Richelieu, a famous French clergyman and statesman.


This 86+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Print Ad; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6.5 x 9.75 inches; 17 x 25 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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