I recently had the good luck to buy a Watermans fountain pen from Ebay for under $20 (including shipping…from Canada!). It’s not in great shape but it doesn’t seem to have any major damage. It’s got a lot of micro scratches, the ink sac had a pin hole leak, although it appeared new, and the section keeps sliding out of the body. So what’s a pen-woman to do?
So the consensus is that it’s a Stateleigh rather than a Hundred Year Pen or a Skywriter. It still doesn’t quite fit into the correct form as it’s missing a star on its cap. I think I have a Waermans frankenpen on my hands! Oh, and by the way, Waterman’s never got back to me. Not surprised really.
Restore it of course! First, though, I need to identify it. I posted a question on FountainPenNetwork.com about its origins and it seems to be a 100 Year Pen. It does look like one but its missing the star above the stripes on the cap. It also appears to be missing the step between the body and section. In any case, I’ve sent an inquiry into Watermans about it, so we’ll see if they actually respond.
In the meantime, the nib is soaking in some water to flush out all the ink. I’ll put a new sac on either today or tomorrow, but only if a size 16 fits it. That’s something else I have to check as I’m unsure what size sac it needs.
I also need to find a way to polish it without damaging the Lucite/Celluloid (not sure which as 100 Year Pens were made of both materials during the era they were produced).
Of course, I could be completely wrong and it’s a Skywriter. It does resemble that type of Watermans pen too! However, there is no Skywriter imprint on the body. All I see is Watermans on the clip. The nib has Watermans Ideal M24 engraved upon it.