The Waterman's 52 in Red Ripple hard rubber was made in the U.S.A. in the 1920s. This pen is a full size clipless version, a much smaller '52 1/2 V' model was also produced. The '52' refers to a lever filler, '5', and a No. 2. nib.
The pen is in outstanding condition, it has no marks or blemishes and the imprints are clear and legible. There is no fading, the colours are sharp and vibrant and the surface is excellent. The cap is a smooth screw fit, tightening securely with a full turn. The feed is also Red Ripple hard rubber.
The pen has been fully restored, the filling system works well and takes up a good volume of ink. The 14Ct. Gold 'Ideal' nib is the 'account' version, it writes with a smooth, fine and firm line.
At 16.7 cm., 6 1/2 inches in length whenposted it is a long, slim, and elegant pen with a very good balance and feel. The hard rubber construction gives the pen a very solid and warm quality, it is a most tactile pen.
The Waterman's 52 is a much sought after pen, a Red Ripple example in such fine condition comes along quite rarely.