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Great Grandfather's Old Waterman

vintage #53 waterman old

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#1 UniquePen


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 15:26

Hey there! 

So I am new to the world of pens. I was cleaning out my grandmother's house when i came across a collection of antiques that belonged to her father. I dont know much about him, although he was some what wealthy.

Within those antiques were several Waterman Pens. One of them caught my eye.

They all had his name engraved on them but this one, upon further research, i could not find. It is black and gold, and has the number 53 marked on its bottom. Any idea how much it is worth? I see there is no #53 anywhere?


I attached photos as well!





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#2 UniquePen


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 15:31

Does anyone know what this could be worth?

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 06:32

Are you sure it doesn't have 58 on the bottom?
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Posted 29 September 2016 - 06:41

Drat, I'll have to raise my offer to $75  :angry:

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 15:25

I'm guessing the sac petrified a few decades back? Don't force that lever if it doesn't want to go. No clue as to value, that's outside my collecting parameters, but if you want to have it repaired and you're in the U.S., Ron Zorn of Main Street Pens worked miracles on my grandmother's Waterman that was stored under horrific conditions in a hot attic and got it working for gentle usage.

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Posted 29 September 2016 - 18:53

Can you see what is engraved on the nib (the point)? There is probably a number at the base of the nib near where the black section starts, unless it's covered up.  Also, you might measure the length of the pen.

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 04:11

Whatever it's worth, I think I would never sell it. What a beauty, and such a lovely story!
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Posted 30 September 2016 - 16:32

What a beautiful pen.  I hope you will let an expert have a look and, if necessary, restore it to working order for you.   

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 16:57

Try this link:






Gotta guess your "3" is really an "8", making this a valuable pen beyond the family connection.



Edited by gary, 30 September 2016 - 16:58.

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