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, the Waterman 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. In December 1936 Waterman introduced a new Lady Patricia range incorporating their successful ink-vue filling system. The advertisement in the Waterman Pen Prophet called it a “dainty pen of jewel like design- slender grip-with a smart modern clasp for handbag use..it is designed expressly for the woman of today who demands beauty of line and colour as well as practicality in her fountain pen.” The short jointed lower barrel lever allowed for an ink-vue window in the higher barrel. This transparent lace like design ink-vue window meant that the owner could see the volume of ink still available for use. It should be noted that over the years the ink-vue window has ambered so it is not as easy to see the amount of ink in the barrel as it would have been in 1936! Nonetheless, the design attributes remain. It was available in Sunset (Red Pearl), Black Lace and this version termed Mist or Grey Pearl. It fills well, the nib writing with a Waterman’s Ideal medium point line. This attractive vintage fountain pen with chrome trim carries the Lady Patricia stepped short clip and decorative cap band. Condition is good with minimal age wear and the crisp barrel imprint reads “Waterman’s Ideal Fountain Pen, Made in Canada”. It is filled by a pump system similar to that used on the popular Parker Vacumatic. Each pump of the lever depresses the bar that expels air from the inner sac creating a vacuum for the ink to fill. It is a short pen measuring 2.129 inches with cap on and 2.77 inches with cap on barrel end. This delightful vintage pen is a true reflection of its period and it will provide many more years of writing pleasure. All fountain pens are professionally serviced 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 where you can select your method of payment.
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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