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I just inherited a pen that has a nib which is engraved, "WATERMAN'S, IDEAL, CANADA, 2." Several clues indicate it is gold, such as the tipping being white and scratches on the backside of it remaining yellow. It also has a heart-shaped breather hole. It is not original to the pen as the barrel says Conklin and Pat. Nov 17 1925.

 

As this is the Waterman forum, my primary query is whether the Ideal nib is actually gold as I believe it to be. My secondary, bonus question, would be whether anyone happens to have a general idea what date range the barrel might be from. It is a lever-filler. Unfortunately, the cap did not accompany the rest, so it offers no clues.

 

Any educated guesses are deeply appreciated.

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Pictures are always helpful

Waterman didn't make steel nibs back in the day so it's probably 14K but may be 18K.

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Sounds like you have this 14k nib

 

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Yes! But it does not have the 14/585 on the side. Thank you!

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Waterman, apparently, made loads of Ideal nibs, and that name covered several different nibs. Even if you just keep the nib, that is/is-going-to-be a very nice pen! Does it flex at all?

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Waterman, apparently, made loads of Ideal nibs, and that name covered several different nibs. Even if you just keep the nib, that is/is-going-to-be a very nice pen! Does it flex at all?

 

It flexes like a dream! It brought me into a whole new world that has me suddenly annoyed with pens I formerly loved.

[color=#444444][size=2][left]In this age of text, twitter, skype and email, receiving a good old-fashioned hand-written letter feels just like a warm hug.[/left][/size][/color][img]http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/5642/postcardde9.png[/img]

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