Hello, could anyone shed any light on this beauty?
I got it for about £15/$20/¥2000 inc shipping, as a bit of an unknown quantity with a Mabie Todd Blackbird pencil, which I sold for the costs of both of them, so basically I lucked out on a freebie.
The nib was bent a little beyond 45º and I must admit, after first seeing it, as it would be my first vintage nib-fiddling, I chickened out of touching it again for a month. On my birthday, I got the news that my fantastic (probably the wrong word for someone so down-to-earth and get-up-and-go) Granny had just died at close to 101, and galvanised yet again by her indomitable spirit, I picked it up and slowly and gingerly straightened the nib. It was quite successful, with the damage to one tine now barely noticeable, although the other still has a bit of a kink.
It's pretty plain. It has no number on it. It has an imprint on the cap: WATERMAN'S, MADE IN ENGLAND, and Waterman's, MADE IN (IDEAL) ENGLAND, FOUNTAIN PEN on the barrel. The clip is an elongated coffin shape and says WATERMANS, and the cap has one thin silver coloured band. The lever is a spade shape (and by the by, the box is all messed up and sticking out - since I resacked it, I've been filling it by squeezing the sac).
It's about 120mm capped and 154mm posted.
The nib says, WATERMAN'S IDEAL ENGLAND, and then maybe a 2A just poking out from the section? And again incidentally, as I know it has nothing to do with IDing the pen, it's slightly stubby, M-B, with a thin line of about 0.3-4mm, easy flex to 1.5-ish, pretty effortless to 2, and the most I've measured it at without pushing it (but at a little over my confort zone!) was 2.5mm or so. It doesn't have the hairlines for fine calligraphy, but I don't have the skills for fine calligraphy yet anyway, and basically... I'm in love!
But, while it won't affect my use or love of it, I would quite like to know what it is! I first thought, having looked at a couple online, it might be a 32, but maybe it's more like a 3. Anyone?
I'm going to try and upload a couple of pics, but I'm not sure how to do it...!